May 9, 2014
Former Tennessee basketball players Jordan McRae and Jarnell Stokes will take part in the NBA Draft Combine May 14-18 in Chicago, Ill.
NBA TV will provide television coverage and analysis throughout the combine, which is expected to include more than 60 draft hopefuls. The ESPN family of networks also will provide combine coverage May 15-16, with portions airing on ESPNU from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET and ESPN2 from 1-3 p.m. ET. Fans can also view live combine coverage during those times via the WatchESPN app.
The 2014 NBA Draft takes place June 26 in New York City.
In its most recent mock draft, the website NBAdraft.net projects both Vol standouts as second-round selections.
McRae, a 6-6, 190-pound guard, has been preparing for the combine for several weeks in Washington, D.C. The Midway, Ga., native is a two-time, first-team All-SEC performer who averaged 17.3 points during the last two seasons at Tennessee.
With 1,521 career points, McRae ranks 16th on Tennessee's all-time scoring list. He received his degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from UT on May 9.
"I'm excited for this chance to show teams what I can do before the draft," McRae said. "I feel like I'm well prepared, and I'm focused on performing at a very high level."
Stokes has been doing his pre-draft training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The 6-9, 265-pound forward averaged 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds as a junior this past season. One of the most prolific rebounders in UT history, his 392 total rebounds last year set a single-season school record. The Memphis, Tenn., native logged 40 double-doubles during his three-year collegiate career - fourth-most in school history.
"These past few weeks, I've tuned up a lot of skills that I didn't need to showcase as much in college because of how much more physically imposing I was (than most guys I played against)," Stokes said. "I'll always focus on rebounding, playing with a high motor and having a high basketball IQ, but I believe I can also score with more variety at the next level."
Tennessee has produced 43 all-time NBA Draft picks. The most recent Vol to be selected in the draft was Tobias Harris, who was taken 19th overall by Charlotte in 2011.