Like his tattoo says, Corey Stokes is one of Jersey's finest. So far at the ABCD camp, he's been one of the ABCD's finest. The barrel-chested shooting guard from nearby St. Benedict's High School is playing with a goal in mind here at Reebok's prestigious All-American camp and people are certainly taking notice.
The class of 2007 prospect has been at the ABCD camp before and as a then rising sophomore, Stokes did what he does best and that was score in bunches and knocked down the long ball. But that wasn't good enough for him.
"Last year when I was here I was an alternate for the all-star game so I left with a lot of motivation. I've thought about that all year long. That made me come here this year even stronger. I don't want to be an alternate here again," Stoke said. "Plus, it's here in Jersey, my home state. I've got a lot of teammates and friends here. I have to play good."
This year, he's averaging 12.8 points and five rebounds and had a great opening day. On Thursday, he hit the wall, shooting just two of 11 from the floor. That won't keep him down though. Stokes is a dead-eye shooter. Even with the one bad game, Stokes is feeling confident about wearing the coveted all-star jersey on Saturday.
"I like my chances a lot," Stoke said. "I think I'll make the team if I just keep playing hard and playing team basketball."
The all-star game for Stokes is also a chance for him to send a message, he says.
"Every game I play, I feel like I'm the best player on the floor," Stokes said. "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 work harder than them and make plays and win games. That's all I can do."
Certainly his big scoring outputs has helped his recruiting. Stokes said Rutgers, Wake Forest and Connecticut are recruiting him the hardest to date and he lit up when he spoke about Louisville and the prospects of the Cardinals recruiting him.
Not in a big rush to decide, Stokes said he'd like to have a decision by the end of his junior season. He wants to get to that all-star game first.