Long Beach, Calif.
|Height / Weight:|
6-0 / 167
A big-time point guard with a wealth of experience under his belt... Enters his senior season having played in 99 games and 2,497 minutes, scored 784 points and dished out 389 assists... A staple in the Missouri lineup for two seasons, Stokes started 28 games for the Aztecs last season and his minutes played total was the 15th-highest in SDSU recorded history... His assist total was the highest at San Diego State in the last 22 seasons and the second-highest ever by a Steve Fisher coached player... A physical defender who led the Mountain West in steals last season... A savvy defensive player who reads the passing lanes and has the ability to make a play no matter where the ball is on the court... Should prove to be more consistent this season after playing last season following a redshirt campaign... Will not play during the fall semester.
As A Junior (2003-04)
National Rankings: 25th in assists
MWC Rankings: 1st in steals, 2nd in assists, 5th in assist-to-turnover ratio, 13th in free throw percentage, 13th in three-point field goals made, 15th in scoring
An all-conference honorable mention honoree as announced by the league and as voted upon by the coaches and the media... Of the 29 players honored by the conference, he was just one of 19 non-seniors honored... Enjoyed one of the best debut seasons in Aztec history, leading the team in games played (30), assists (175), steals (49) and free-throw percentage (72.5)... Was second on the squad in minutes played (1,014/33.8 mpg) and three-point field goals (41), and third in games started (28), scoring (363/12.1 ppg) and free throws made (74)... Ranked among the top 15 in six different Mountain West Conference statistical categories, leading the league in steals and ranking second among conference players in assists... Was 25th nationally in assists per contest and was 15th among non-seniors... His 175 assists were the fourth-highest single-season total in school history and the best mark posted by an Aztec player since Keith Smith had 212 in the 1981-82 season... In 13-plus seasons as a head coach, Steve Fisher has had only one player record more assists in a season than Stokes' 175 in 2003-04 (All-American Rumeal Robinson's 184 in 1989-90)... His assists per game average of 5.8 is the fifth-best single-season average in school history and the best mark posted by an Aztec player in the last 22 seasons... With 49 steals, he produced the 14th-highest single-season mark in SDSU history and the highest total during Fisher's five seasons on The Mesa... His 1,014 minutes logged were the 15th highest total since 1978-79 season when SDSU started keeping the stat... Led the team in scoring five times and in assists a team-high 27 times in 30 games... Had 19 double-figure scoring games, the thirdhighest total on the squad... Led the team in assists the first 12 games he wore the Aztec uniform... All five games in which he led the team in scoring, he also led them in assists... Had five or more assists in 24-of-30 games... Played 30 or more minutes in 25-of-30 games.... The Aztecs were 1-4 when he logged less than 30 minutes, with Stokes fouling out of three of those contests and ending the game with four fouls in the other two... Had a three-point field goal in 21-of-30 games and recorded at least one steal in 23 contests, including a season-high four thefts against Utah (3-6-04), Iowa State (1-3-04), Cal Poly (12-18-03) and Long Beach State (11-21-03).... Was a key component of San Diego State's results in 2003-04, posting 14.7 points, second-highest total on the team, on 41.2 percent shooting from three-point range in 14 victories... Averages in the 16 losses were 9.8 points on 18.6 percent shooting from three-point range... Aztecs were 11-4 overall and 9-1 at home when he totaled 20+ in combined points, rebounds and assists... SDSU was 4-0 when he posted 27 or more in the category... Had four treys in four games during the season (Long Beach State (11-21-03), Ohio State (11-24-03), UCSD (12-6-03), and Cal Poly (12-18-03))... Scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc, and recorded five assists in win over Colorado State (2-23-04)... Recorded nine assists at Wyoming (1-26-04), at Arizona (12-22-03) and against Washington (12-27-03)... Posted eight assists and four steals and two turnovers vs. Iowa State (1-3-04)... Posted best all-around game of career vs. Cal Poly (12-18-03) with 16 points, six rebounds, eight assists and four steals... Scored game-high 18 points on six-of-nine shooting, with four three pointers in win over UCSD (12-6-03)... Scored career-high 22 points in win over Ohio State (11-24-03) as he connected of 4-of-6 three-point shots... Scored 15 points and recorded seven assists in a victory over Brigham Young (1-12-04)... Steve Fisher referred to Stokes as "(SDSU's) most important player".
As A Redshirt (2002-03)
Practiced with the Aztecs but sat out per NCAA transfer rules.
As A Sophomore at Missouri (2001-02)
Ranked 8th in the Big 12 in assists (4.1 apg) and his 147 assists on the season were the fourth-highest total in Missouri history... One of five Tigers to play in all 36 games... Made 15 starts and averaged 23.1 minutes per contest... Missouri went 24-12 and advanced to the round of eight at the NCAA tournament... The Tigers posted a 9-7 record in Big 12 play... Stokes led the team in assists, was fourth in three-point field goals, fifth in minutes played and sixth in scoring... Started the first 15 games of the season, coming off the bench in the final 21 contests... In four NCAA tournament games, he averaged 7.3 points, connecting on 6-of-12 attempts from the field including 4-of-8 from three-point range... Dished out eight assists with just two turnovers in the final three games of the season - in the NCAA tournament against Ohio State, UCLA and Oklahoma... Missouri was 8-0 when he scored in double figures, including his 10-point effort against Miami in the first round of the NCAAs... Had six turnover-free games, including the contest at Colorado (2-23-02) when he played 30 minutes... Played better as the season progressed, shooting 50 percent from the field and posting a better than 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (67 assists and 29 turnovers) over the final 21 games... Had seven assists, six points and no turnovers at Colorado (2-23-02)... Despite playing with a deep thigh bruise, scored nine points vs. Texas (2-17-02)... Had a solid effort against Nebraska (2-12-02) with five points, eight assists and no turnovers... Turned in a strong performance against Virginia (2-3-02) as he had seven points, four assists, four steals, three rebounds and just one turnover in 20 minutes... Connected on 6-of-8 attempts from the floor vs. Texas A&M en route to scoring 13 points... Had two 11-assist efforts during the campaign vs. Southern (12-6-01) and Coppin State (1-2-02)... The 11 assists were the fourth-most by a Tiger, just two short of the school record... Became the eighth player in Missouri history to record a point-assists double-double when he scored 10 points and added 11 assists against Southern (12-6-01)... Against St. Louis (12-2-01), took inbound pass with 4.8 seconds left in the game and dribbled over halfcourt to just inside the top of the key and buried a jumper to defeat the Billikens... Scored 17 points in the Tigers' come-from-behind victory over ninth-ranked Iowa (11-21-01)... Led all players with 12 rebounds against 22nd-ranked Alabama (11-20-01).
As A Freshman at Missouri (2000-01)
Earned a spot on the Big 12 Conference all-freshman team as voted on by the league media... Ranked eighth in the Big 12 in conference play in three-point shooting (41.9 percent) and 12th in league action in free-throw percentage (79.0)... Averaged 6.4 points and 1.9 rebounds while playing in all 33 games... One of just five Tigers to see action in every game for Missouri, which posted a 20-13 record overall, 9-7 in Big 12 action, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament... Numbers improved as the season went on, as he averaged 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds during the conference season... Made six starts during the campaign - all during the Big 12 portion of the season... Seventh on the team in scoring, third in assists and sixth in minutes played... Ended the season by scoring nine points, all in the second half, against top-ranked Duke (3-17-01) in the second round of the NCAA tournament... Showed the ability to score when his role changed after an injury to Kareem Rush forced him to take more of the scoring burden... During a seven-game stretch without the team's leading scorer, Stokes averaged 12.6 points per contest... Tallied double figures in five of the last 12 games after doing so just once in his first 21 contests... Led Missouri with 17 points at Texas (2-26-01), and added three steals in 28 minutes... Posted six points and a season-high six rebounds in the home finale against Baylor (2-24-01).
Averaged 17.5 points, 10 assists, five steals and four rebounds as a senior at Long Beach Poly High... A two-time honorable mention all-USA pick by USA Today... Led Long Beach Poly to a 31-3 record and a number three ranking in the West according to USA Today... An all-state selection... As a junior, he averaged 16 points, eight assists and four steals in leading Poly to a 24-7 record... Was an honor roll student... Went to the same high school as SDSU's all-time assist leader and current baseball coach Tony Gwynn.
Born Jan. 8, 1982, in Long Beach, Calif... Son of Dorothea Stokes... Played for Ron Palmer in high school... Is a pre-crminal justice administration major.