As most now know, B.J. Stith verbally committed to the University of Virginia basketball program this past Saturday. B.J.’s father, legendary Cavaliers basketball player Bryant Stith, said his son committed to Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett before the William & Mary/Virginia football game. It was an exciting time for all involved.
“Before the football game, we walked in and watched the team workout,” the elder Stith recalled. “We met with Coach Bennett in his office. B.J. told Coach Bennett he wanted to be part of the UVa basketball family. Coach Bennett and the staff were ecstatic. They really made him feel comfortable with the decision.
“B.J. felt UVa was the school of his dreams. He didn’t feel any other offer that would come across would beat it.”
The younger Stith, now a sophomore at Brunswick High School (Lawrenceville, VA), saw his recruitment heat up as a result of his development throughout this spring and summer. Older brother Brandan, a junior at Brunswick, perhaps deserves a little bit of credit for this.
“Last year, my oldest son, Brandan, gave up football, which allowed him to get out on the national circuit,” Stith said. “He gained exposure at camps. It allowed him to travel with the AAU in the spring. B.J. saw all the attention that came with it and all the schools writing Brandan, and I think he got a little bit jealous (laughs). B.J. decided his ninth grade year would be his last year of football. He made a concerted effort to do what he could to get his name out there on the national circuit. B.J. attended three exposure camps. He played for Team Loaded (15 and under). He was [co-MVP] at the Bob Gibbons Classic in Raleigh. Team Loaded won that event. The team won a national tournament in West Virginia. He played well at a host of other tournaments. College coaches got to see what type of skills he has. He was starting to get recruited by all sorts of schools across the country. At that time, he felt he was ready to make his decision.”
Bryant, who is Brunswick’s varsity boys basketball coach, discussed his son’s potential on the next level.
“He’s definitely a combo guard,” Stith said of B.J., who measures in at 6’4″, 175 pounds heading into this fall. The standout sophomore is looking to help Brunswick to a second consecutive state championship title. “Versatility is what will allow...
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