Pancratz: Stokes will be a first-round pick

Former UT staff member Mark Pancratz breaks down what NBA teams want to see from former Vols guard Jordan McRae as the draft approaches.

KNOXVILLE -- Former Vols staff member Mark Pancratz explains why former Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes will be a first-round pick.

According to UT, Stokes left Tennessee with the following accolades:

-Finished his career ranked first on Tennessee's all-time list for offensive rebounding average, with 3.87 orpg.
-His 392 rebounds as a junior set the Tennessee single-season record.
-His 155 offensive rebounds as a junior set the Tennessee single-season record.
-His 4.19 offensive rebounds per game as a junior set the Tennessee single-season record.

Pancratz breaks down Stokes' ability to crash the offensive glass

"What people don't know is Jarnell was the leading offensive rebounder in the country, and that's despite having Jeronne Maymon on his roster as well," Pancratz said. "Guys like Kevin Love, guys like Jared Sullinger, guys like Blake Griffin, all great NBA post players, Jarnell had a better offensive rebounding percentage than any of those guys in college basketball. Jarnell will be drafted in the first round come tonight."

Former Vol Jordan McRae is projected to possibly go in the second round of the draft. Pancratz says teams will be interested to see if McRae can score at all three levels. He can shoot from outside, but can he drive and get to the mid-range jumper, or the rim?

"So when he drives he's got to get this shoulder and hip by, attack for an either pull up jump shot, or continue to get all the way to the rim and dunk it," Pancratz explained. "Jordan's shown us flashes at times where he's been really effective at all three levels. Once he does make a roster, I think he'll be there for a long time, and I'm excited to see what happens come tonight."


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