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Vols' Stokes answers critics by expanding his game

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes has expanded his game and reduced his frame after receiving some pointed criticism about his pro potential.

Stokes considered entering the draft after his sophomore season and called it a "very humbling process." He got brutally honest feedback from the NBA's Undergraduate Advisory Committee that inspired him to work harder than ever.

Stokes averaged 12.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game last year to earn second-team all-Southeastern Conference honors, but that wasn't good enough to get Tennessee into the NCAA tournament. The 6-foot-8 forward learned if he wanted to get drafted in the first round, he had much work to do.

After weighing between 270-274 pounds last season, Stokes says he's down to 259. Stokes also says he's added a 15-foot jumper and a hook shot.