Jarnell Stokes, is a former five-star prospect from Memphis' Southwind High School, who skipped his senior season in high school and enrolled early at the University of Tennessee (2011-2014). During his time at UT, Stokes also played with the USA FIBA U18 & U19 and went on to the 2012-2013 Championship. Stokes was declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season at UT. He was selected by the Utah Jazz with the No. 35 overall pick, but he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies (2014-2015) that same night. From There Jarnell has played for the Miami Heat (2016), Soiux Falls Skyforce (2016) and the Denver Nuggets (2016) and the Zhejiang Golden Bulls (2018) in China.
The best play of Stokes’ professional career in the U.S. came in the 2015-16 season, when he led the Sioux Falls Skyforce — an affiliate of the Miami Heat — to a 40-10 record and an NBA D-League championship. Stokes was named the D-League’s regular-season MVP and Finals MVP, averaging a team-high 20.6 points and team-high 9.3 rebounds per game.
Jarnell is kicking off the 2018-2019 Season with a return to the roster for the Miami Heat.
Aside from his role as a Professional Athlete, Jarnell is focused on creating resources, networks, learning and opportunities to help others to improve their lives. His entrepreneurial journey has been characterized by partnerships with some of the top nutritionists, psychiatrists, medical doctors and artists around the world. Bringing together these great leaders, incredible ideas and resources is the foundation of the multiple endeavors Jarnell holds as a thought leader and entrepreneur.
Jarnell has put a lot of focus in his personal life into developing healthy habits for his mind, body and soul. Taking time to become the healthiest he has ever been physically, mentally and more. He is an avid learner, reader and explorer. With a focus on proper training, mindfulness and nutrition Jarnell has engineered an a life that creates fulfillment, impact and purpose.