Bio: If you're looking for a player who can quietly fill up the stat sheets, then Corey Stokes is who you're looking for. The St. Benedict's star wing doesn't play with a lot of fanfare or hoopla surrounding him, he just gets the job done. A complete player, Stokes is one of the better shooters in this class, has very good ball skills and is a confident ball-handler. He also has a muscular body that he put to good use as a football player in his younger days.
After his days on the gridiron, Stokes quickly made an impact on the hardwood as he made his middle school team in the fourth grade. In fact, Stokes was the first player ever at Midtown Community School in Bayonne, New Jersey to score 1,000 points and will soon be honored for his middle school exploits. As a ninth-grader, Stokes enrolled at St. Benedict's and his been a staple in coach Danny Hurley's program ever since.
As a ninth-grader, Stokes averaged 8.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and two steals per game for a talented Gray Bees squad that finished 29-2 with a runner-up finish in the 2004 New Jersey Prep A state tournament. As a sophomore, the talented swingman led St. Benedict's to the Prep A state title while carrying more of the scoring load for Coach Hurley. The Metro Hoops Sophomore of the Year and second team All-State pick by HJHoops.com averaged 15. 2 points per game, 8.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.3 steals. Maybe even more impressive were his shooting marks, as Stokes averaged 70.2 percent from the field, 53.2 percent from three-point range and 84.5 percent from the line.
Stokes has also played well in the summertime, displaying his skills three times at the ABCD Camp in his home state. As a freshman, Stokes also played at Howard Garfinkel's renowned Five-Star camp and was named an Underclass All-Star. Stokes also was named an Underclass All-Star in his second year at ABCD, scoring 18 points on seven of 10 shooting in the Underclass All-Star game. To no one's surprise, the ABCD Camp veteran made the natural progression in his game to be selected for the 2006 Senior All-Star game.
As a junior, Stokes again helped the Gray Bees win a second consecutive Prep A championship. Teammate Lance Thomas and Coach Hurley celebrated the championship by being selected to participate in the 2006 Roundball Classic as player and coach, respectively. Stokes, meanwhile, averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for a balanced 30-2 team and was a first team All Prep selection by NJHoops.com.
At last year's Roundball Classic, we learned Coach Hurley was going to split his program into two teams, one a prep team and the other a regular high school team eligible in national polls. Without any fifth-year players, the high school team is having a remarkable season in large part due to the exploits of Stokes. Currently averaging 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, St. Benedict's rose all the way to No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 poll before losing to powerhouse St. Patrick's of Jersey City.
Before heading off to play in America's Original Roundball Classic, Stokes may still be able to lead his team to the top of the polls. Considering he's been a star player in middle school, AAU, and high school ball, he'll likely be a shooting star at Villanova.
We just don't think Corey will mind if you don't notice.
•Favorite players: Grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson but now relates more with Carmelo Anthony and Gilbert Arenas
•Best players he's faced: Tyreke Evans, 2006 EA SPORTS All-American Bill Walker and 2007 Roundball Classic All-Star O.J. Mayo
•Favorite musical artists: Brooklyn based rappers Fabolous and Jay-Z
•Favorite television show: "The Jamie Foxx Show"
Did you know....
•Shares his birthday (4-24-1988) with former St. Benedict's teammate and 2006 Roundball Classic All-Star Lance Thomas.
•Another former teammate on the Gray Bees, J.R. Smith, played in the Original Roundball Showcase in 2004 and is now a member of the NBA's Denver Nuggets.
•Stokes enjoyed playing football long before he got into basketball and stopped playing because he weighed too much for certain positions in Pop Warner.
"Every game I play, I feel like I'm the best player on the floor. I know a lot of people don't think that but when I see these players out here ranked higher than me, I just try to work harder and make plays that win games."-Corey Stokes
"This sweet shooting wing is one of top five perimeter shooters in this class. He has really improved his dribble drive game and can stick the pull-up jumper with regularity or finish drive at the hoop. Corey has tools that are reminiscent of a young Ray Allen and just starting to realize he can take a game over." -Van Coleman, Future Stars
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