After back to back one point wins against the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Vanderbilt Commodores, the Volunteers are on a rol;. Stokes has gotten a double-double in both wins. Stokes has been going off, but mostly due to players worrying about another of Tennessee’s offensive threats, Jordan McRae.
With McRae averaging over 20 points a game in SEC play, it opens up the middle of the floor for Stokes. Defenders have to worry about McRae’s versatile “score from anywhere in the floor” offense, and he can dump it off to Stokes who can overpower almost everyone in the SEC.
One of Tennessee’s top scorers from last year can barely get 6 points a game. Trae Golden is still an outstanding point guard though, and as the season heads towards March, expect him to have a breakout game against either Missouri or Florida. If Golden gets started as well, Tennessee’s offense becomes just as dangerous as their defense. The Volunteers are missing their best offensive player, Jeronne Maymon, due to a medical redshirt, and the rest of the team needs to step it up offensively if the Volunteers want to keep winning.
Tennessee will continue to win as long as Stokes and McRae play well. Both players are offensive powerhouses that can beat a team multiple ways. Oh, and bad news for the rest of the SEC — both players should return next year.