With a hat tip to Chad Ford of ESPN, Jarnell Stokes will be heading to Memphis via the 35th pick by the Utah Jazz:
Sources: Jazz selecting Jarnell Stokes at 35 for the Memphis Grizzlies. This is a trade.
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 27, 2014
According to a follow-up Tweet by Ford, the Grizzlies will send a 2016 second-rounder to Utah in return.
Stokes, a Memphis native, received a big boost in his draft stock from the analytics, much like Jordan Adams who was selected by the Grizzlies before him. Taken from ESPN’s advanced stats guru Kevin Pelton’s draft rater prospectus:
Stokes is this year’s foremost example of an undersized power forward who the scouts have largely ignored but the numbers really like. He is young for a junior, a terror on the offensive glass and a skilled scorer.
In fact, Pelton’s model liked Stokes so much that it rated him above more heralded power forwards in this draft, such as 4th overall pick Aaron Gordon, 7th overall pick Julius Randle, and 15th pick Adreian Payne. It was also reported that Stokes went toe-to-toe with Payne at a workout in Toronto and clearly got the better of him. Regarding the event, Bleacher Report says:
In Toronto and Utah, he went head-to-head against Michigan State forward Adreian Payne—a possible lottery pick—and decisively won the battle. In Toronto, coaches came away impressed at the level to which Stokes got the better of Payne—especially given that most draft boards have the former Spartans star ahead of his closest draft competition.
Stokes was a dynamite rebounder at Tennessee, a skill which typically projects pretty favorably into the NBA. Also like Adams, there are slight concerns about his height for the position at the pro level, but his thick frame and long wingspan factor in to mitigate the effect.
By adding Stokes to the mix, the Grizzlies get a bruising force in the paint to study behind Zach Randolph. Stokes has been a target of the front office throughout the process, as he attended the third day of Grizzlies draft workouts.
Want to learn more about Stokes? Peep his video scouting report courtesy of DraftExpress: