Coach Bryant Stith and the Brunswick Bulldogs, State Champions
After four straight losses in the Virginia Group AA Division 3 State Championship, the Brunswick Bulldogs (Lawrenceville, VA) have now reeled off two state titles in a row. Head coach Bryant Stith has been at the helm of the team’s remarkable success, and his sons — junior Brandan and sophomore B.J. — have played important roles on the two championship squads.
Brandan averaged about 10 points a game as a sophomore but stepped up in a major way this season. As a junior, the 6’6″, 200-pound forward averaged 20 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.8 blocks.
“The key to Brandan’s success is hard work,” Bryant said. “I feel Brandan’s best basketball is ahead of him.”
B.J. wasn’t called upon to do much scoring this past season. That’s par for the course, though, for freshmen and sophomores in the Brunswick varsity boys basketball program.
“The system we have here at Brunswick, the younger players have to pay their dues,” Coach Stith said. “We develop the younger players, teach them how to play defense and teach them the fundamentals.”
Bryant is enjoying his team’s latest state championship, but he’s also looking ahead towards next season. Following each season, he meets with each player individually. For those that will be returning, he discusses what they need to work on in the offseason. Coach Stith divulged what his sons will be working on this spring and summer.
“Right now, I think they are both college-ready on the defensive end,” Coach Stith said. “Brandan has to work on his ball-handling and extending his range. B.J. needs to work on his shooting consistency and creating off the dribble. I think they are both more than capable of improving.”
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B.J., a 6’4″ combo guard, generated quite a bit of buzz for his performances on offense on the AAU circuit last summer.