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Jarnell Stokes earned his respect

His dad's tough love and his own self motivation have made Stokes one of the best PFs

Updated: August 31, 2011, 4:21 PM ET
By Dave Telep | ESPN Recruiting

When you are one of the princes of Memphis -- a city that loves its hoops -- like Jarnell Stokes is, the spotlight is constantly on you. However, it wasn't always like that for the No. 18 overall player in the 2012 class.

There was a time when Stokes actually thought he was the worst player in town. A big kid, but more gentle than he needed to be, others took advantage of his kindness in the lane.

"When Jarnell was younger, he was more reserved around the kids and stuff," said ...

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