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Stokes Named to Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team

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Tennessee power forward Jarnell Stokes was named to the 22-man Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team, CollegeInsider.com announced Wednesday. 


Stokes, a 6-8, 260-pound junior from Memphis, Tenn., earned second-team All-SEC honors last year after a season in which he was one of only four players from a "major" conference – and the only player from the SEC – to average a double-double in league play (13.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg).


He started all 33 of Tennessee's games last year and finished the season as UT's leader in total rebounding (9.6 rpg), offensive rebounding (4.2 orpg), free-throw attempts (194) and blocks (1.1 bpg). He grabbed at least 10 rebounds in 18 games and scored in double-figures 22 times.


His 138 offensive rebounds and 4.2 offensive rebounding average both stand as the best by a Vol in a single season since offensive rebounding statistics have been tracked. His 4.2 offensive rebounds per game ranked third among all players in Division I college basketball.


The Lute Olson Award is presented annually by CollegeInsider.com to the nation's top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the Lute Olson Player of the Year award.


The award, as well as the preseason All-America team, is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch, he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a national championship in 1997.


Courtesy: Tennessee

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