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Jarnell Stokes Commits To Tennessee

Jarnell Stokes, a five-star power forward from Memphis, announced that he would play for Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee.

Stokes is a consensus top-15 player in the incoming college class of 2012.

Stokes also considered Memphis, Kentucky, Arkansas and Florida.

"I have spent a lot of time in prayer about what to do, and I believe that the University of Tennessee is the right place for me," Stokes told ESPN. "I am excited about the future at Tennessee. I am going to work as hard as I can to fit in with my teammates and learn the system as quickly as I can to help the team."

Via Chattanooga Times Free Press

Bradley Beal Adjusting To Speed Of College Game

Highly touted freshman Bradley Beal is averaging 15 ponts and 6.2 rebounds per game. And yet there is a feeling that Beal can do even more because he's shooting just 33.9 percent from three-point range. 

Beal acknowledged he needs to work on speeding up the release of his shot.

“You just have to focus on jumping quicker and releasing it quicker,” Beal said. “The form doesn't change or anything like that. Coach Donovan said most of my shots I miss is because of my legs so really I'm just starting to play lower to the ground, really getting my legs more involved in the game.”

Florida coach Billy Donovan said Beal is beginning to feel more comfortable.

“He's understanding the speed of the game,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “I think the speed of the game was something that was a little bit surprising to him where you think you are open and you have time to shoot the ball and those gaps close pretty quickly. The length of people running at you in relationship to what was running at him in high school, those are things I think he has to go through to keep getting better.”

Via Gainesville Sun

Michael Frazier Busts Out Of Slump With 19 Points, 11 Boards

Florida-bound Michael Frazier scored a game-high 19 points, making 8-of-11 field goals with a team-high 11 rebounds in Montverde's 92-80 win over Reserve Riverside Academy in the third place game of the State Farm City of Palms Classic. 

Frazier had struggled in his previous three Classic games.

“My teammates, they kept my head up,” Frazier said. “They gave me confidence and helped me get out of my slump. The thing is, I was still rebounding and playing defense, so I wasn’t hurting my team. Defense is something I take pride in. We’re a defensive-minded team, and Coach (Kevin) Boyle is a defensive-minded coach. He has helped me raise my game.”

Via News-Press

Noel Could Reclassify For Class Of 2012

Nerlens Noel could reclassify and become a member of the incoming college class of 2012. Noel is currently a high school junior.

“Yeah I’ve heard that one,” Noel said of the rumor. “I’m not gonna do that though. I’m 90 percent sure that I won’t reclassify. But the fact that those coaches think I can play now, definitely gives me even more confidence on the court.” 

Syracuse, Providence, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Georgetown and Connecticut are considered the leaders for Noel.

Via ESPN

Jarnell Stokes To Announce College Decision On Thursday

Jarnell Stokes will announce his college decision on Thursday.

Stokes is one of the most highly recruited big men in the incoming college class of 2012. Stokes is a top-15 recruit in the entire class.

Memphis, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee are the expected finalists for Stokes.

Stokes graduated from Southwind High last week and will enroll in January.

Via Memphis Commercial Appeal

Donovan Signs Three-Year Extension With Florida

Florida announced Friday that Billy Donovan has signed a three-year extension that places him under contract with the school through the 2015-16 season.

"Billy Donovan has built one of the elite programs in the country at the University of Florida, he and his family have given 16 incredible years to this institution and community," said Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley. "His accomplishments speak for themselves. ... We’re thrilled that he will continue to lead our program for years to come."

Via CBSSports.com
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