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Florida Gets No. 60 Sr Isaiah Stokes

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ESPN No. 60 ranked high school senior Isaiah Stokes has committed to Florida.

 

The 6-9, 255-pound center out of IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds on a loaded Nike EYBL Team Penny squad that also featured No. 16 Sr and Kentucky commit PJ Washington.

 

“My heart was at Florida,” Stokes told ESPN. “I love the plan that Coach [Mike] White has for me. Coach said he’s going to give me the opportunity to expand my game. It’s a great program and I felt like it was the best fit for me.”

 

Stokes, a Memphis native who is playing his high school ball in Florida, had secretly signed with the Gators during the early signing period and had planned to announce it during the Christmas break at home with his family.

 

But news of his clandestine signing with Florida got out.

 

“Isaiah had hoped to make his announcement on his own terms when he had his whole family with him, so it’s unfortunate for his sake that it leaked how it did,” Florida coach White said via a statement. “That said, Isaiah is really excited to be a Gator, and we’re equally excited to have him as part of the Florida basketball family and think he can be a really good player here.”

 

Stokes, the younger sibling of former Tennessee star and 2016 NBA D-League MVP Jarnell Stokes, is an agile big man just like his big brother.

 

“He’s said to be very similar to his brother [Jarnell] at the same stage of their development, but he has a shad of Kennedy Meeks in him too as his wide frame, quick feet, and solid skill set inside of 15 feet make him a major mismatch problem,” reads ESPN’s analysis.

 

The Gators beat out the likes of Tennessee, VCU, Iowa State, and TCU to land Stokes.

 

At Florida, Stokes will join fellow 2017 recruits No. 65 DeAundre Ballard and No. 37 PF Chase Johnson.

 

 

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