Stokes visiting Hawaii
Shaquille Stokes, a coveted point guard recruit from New York City, is in Honolulu for two days on an official visit with the Hawaii basketball team.
Dwayne “Tiny” Morton, Stokes’ coach at Lincoln High, confirmed that Stokes was scheduled to be in Hawaii on Friday and Saturday.
Stokes previously visited Colorado State, and Hawaii is his second official visit. Two other programs — TCU and Western Kentucky — are still in the mix, according to Stokes.
“Hawaii is the second visit, so we’ll see what happens after that,” Morton said. “He’s still talking to those four schools, so we’re waiting to see if there will be any other visits. I don’t think there will be any kind of decision right away.”
Stokes averaged around 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game as a senior, and was one of four finalists for the New York Mr. Basketball award. He was named the All-Brooklyn Player of the Year, and was ranked among the top 10 seniors in New York City by NYChoops.net.
He led Lincoln to a 29-3 record and a runner-up finish in the prestigious New York public school championship tournament.
Stokes was a late qualifier for NCAA eligibility, so only a handful of schools were recruiting him earlier. However, with the signing period set to end in two weeks, Morton said several other programs have been showing late interest in Stokes.
“People are calling every day,” Morton said. “But I think he’s going to stick to these four and decide from there.”