Several European teams have tossed offers (Corey) Stokes’s way, and his play in Vegas over the course of the last week has made it pretty clear why. Still, Stokes went undrafted this past June, due largely to the fact that he missed a considerable amount of his senior season with a nagging turf toe injury. He had a promising year as a junior, averaging over 14 ppg, but his ailments allowed other players to leapfrog him in the eyes of NBA scouts—scouts who now must feel a little bit silly for passing him up. “I think I’m ready. I was born for this,” Stokes said. “All the guys are giving me confidence, telling me to shoot the ball. I’m playing great defense, and each and every play they’re just giving me pointers on what to do better. I’m listening, and just loving their company.”
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The trick thus far has been proving that he’s got more game than some may realize. In college he mostly was known for knocking down open looks from deep, but he’s a much more versatile player than that. “At Villanova, I was a spot-up shooter, and Corey Fisher, Maalik Wayns, and Scottie Reynolds were the ball handlers. I have more to my game than just shooting, though. I can drive to the basket, pass, play defense. I’m just showing what I can do here.” And what he can do is pretty good. Whichever team ends up with him will get a great young professional, and Stokes, for his part, just seems eager to get on a court somewhere and play ball. That’s the kind of young man you want playing for you, and that’s why he was invited to participate in such an elite league of ballers despite not having an NBA affiliation.
Corey Stokes, who finished his Villanova basketball career in March with 1,315 points, was arrested Thursday morning in Hoboken, N.J., and charged with two counts of aggravated assault after a brawl involving at least five people, the Newark Star-Ledger reported on its website Friday evening. Stokes, the fifth-leading three-point shooter in Villanova history, was a starter on the 2009 Final Four team. He worked out this spring for several NBA teams, including the 76ers, but went undrafted last month.
Stokes has reportedly looked out of shape since Villanova’s first round loss to George Mason. He already lacks lateral quickness and possesses a limited offensive skill- set as it is. An immobile, 6’5 off-ball guard with little to offer defensively is not a reputation you want from a four year college player with May just around the corner.