The hard working people over at DraftExpress.com’s have the Miami Heat selecting Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes with the 26th pick in their latest mock draft.
Stokes is a big body at 6’8”, 263 pounds. He averaged 15 points, 10.5 rebounds and two assists per game as a junior last season. He has been heralded for his aggressive rebounding, and would immediately help Miami on the glass. He isn’t very tall for a powerfoward, but his 7’1” wingspan and burly body makes up for it.
DraftExpress.com notes that Stokes uses his lower body strength to make space for himself and shed some weight last year, helping him beat other bigs in transition.
Offensively, the majority of Stokes’ baskets come around the rim, either from offensive rebounds or post up opportunities. At 5.5 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes pace adjusted, Stokes was one of the best offensive rebounders in college basketball and ranks as the #1 offensive rebounder among our top-100-prospects. He is a tireless worker who chases nearly every missed shot, securing many rebounds that were out of his immediate area. He is great at converting second chances, shooting 61.6% on such chances, according to Synergy Sports.
From what I have read about him, Stokes sounds very much like a young Udonis Haslem. He’s shed weight, creates space with his lower body strength and hustles for rebounds and contests. His physical play would make him a good complement to Chris Bosh. If Miami can’t grab Shabazz Napier, I like Stokes as a potential Heat.