Feb 15, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Darius Stokes (L) and forward Kyle Meyer (R) celebrate from the bench in the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Stokes Set To Switch Schools

Redshirt junior forward, Darius Stokes, has informed Fran McCaffery and the Iowa coaching staff that he will transfer schools after this year.  Stokes is a 6 foot 7 inch forward out of Linn Mar, Iowa, he was accepted as a preferred walk on coming to Iowa and earned a scholarship this past season.

Stokes will graduate this spring and will look to play basketball and attend graduate school someplace else.

Stokes is the son of former Iowa star, Greg Stokes, who is currently an assistant at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Darius didn’t play a lot over the course of his college career.  He appeared in 38 games over three seasons, scored 15 points, and hauled in 28 rebounds.  Stokes mostly made his impact from being an energy guy.

He was especially fun to watch on the bench when a big play would be made.  He was the king of the bench celebration and if you were lucky enough to see a couple of them, a big smile probably came to your face.  It’s really nice to see kids having fun even though they don’t play much.  It seemed like just being part of a brotherhood was enough for Stokes – I mean just look at the featured image – that says it all right there.

He’ll definitely be missed next year when the Hawkeyes hit the hardwood.  Iowa will need to find a new “bench celebration leader” for next year when Stokes moves on.

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