Big man Isaiah Stokes transfers to Memphis from Florida

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Florida forward Isaiah Stokes (15) drives against Vanderbilt forward Matthew Moyer in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — 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 Wednesday.

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.

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