Player: Corey Stokes
2007-2008 Key Stats: 6.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 88.1 FT%
2007-2008 Review: As a highly touted freshmen and McDonald’s All-American, Corey Stokes had a disappointing start to the season. Stokes was a high school superstar, but he had difficulty adjusting to the college game. He didn’t reach double figures in scoring until midway through the season. In February he seemed to have figured it out, and by the end of the season he joined the starting five and was one of the best players on the team. He averaged 12 points per game over the last twelve games, and scored a season-high 20 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament versus Siena.
2008-2009 Preview: Stokes should be a starter this season, possibly at the shooting guard or small forward position. I will expect him to pick up right where he left off at the end of last season. He is the best three-point shooter on the team, and with NBA range, he is one player who definitely won’t have trouble adjusting to the newly extended three-point line. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is the second leading scorer on the team behind Scottie Reynolds this season.