Stokes transfers to Memphis from Florida

Former UF basketball player Isaiah stokes, who waited more than an hour to get his hands on three new chicken sandwiches, gets his first look at the sandwich at the Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen restaurant in Gainesville last Friday. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Isaiah Stokes has transferred to Memphis to play for his old AAU coach Penny Hardaway after spending the past two seasons at Florida.

Memphis announced Stokes’ arrival.

Hardaway coached Stokes in the Amateur Athletic Union before being hired by the Tigers in March 2018, and the Memphis coach says Stokes is a physical, tough player with a great basketball IQ.

Stokes played at Lausanne before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida. His older brother, Jarnell, was All-Southeastern Conference at Tennessee before being drafted by the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies in 2014.

The 6-foot-8, 270-pound Stokes sat out the 2017-18 season recovering from a torn ACL and played 26 games last season for Florida. He will sit out this season unless granted eligibility to play immediately.


    • LOL. I see what you did there – humor linked to the picture. That chicken sandwich sure looks delish and who can blame him for wanting three of them. I’d eat all of them too if I could. Those calories probably won’t affect a huge athlete like him much. In fairness, he looks like he’s lost a lot of weight so could afford it.

      Memphis had the #1 recruiting class this past cycle, so they are better than UF’s highly rated class on paper. He’s going to have to earn playing time against some great talent. Best of luck to him.

      Interestingly, it seems like there’s been a 2 way pipeline between the cities of Memphis and Gainesville in recent years. It’s by coincidence of course. Chandler Parsons and Noah recently played for the Grizzlies. Mike Miller also played for them for a long time and now coaches at the university. They just hired their AD away from UF. Chiozza came from Memphis. I’m sure there are more connections but that’s just a few that I can remember off the top of my head.

      • Interesting take on the Gainesville-Memphis pipeline, Sly. Hadn’t thought of that.

        It does look like Stokes has slimmed down some. I actually thought he could benefit from the addition of Blackshear and that he would’ve had a chance to be on the floor at the same time. Blackshear will no doubt command a double team, so opponents will have to choose to leave a perimeter player open or an inside player open, so I thought Stokes might benefit from some assists from Blackshear for easy baskets under the hoop. Oh well, good luck to Stokes, and Go Gators!