Stith’s Outside Shot Rounding Into Form
After helping Brunswick (Lawrenceville, VA) to three straight state championships, B.J. Stith will attend Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) his senior year. A major focus prior to his arrival at the heralded prep school has been establishing a consistent jump-shot. If last week’s performance at the NBPA Top 100 is any indication, Stith is well on his way toward accomplishing this goal.
The UVa-bound guard averaged 7.8 points in six games during the Top 100, but his performance included a 23-point outburst and two 10-point showings.
“My jump-shot’s getting there, getting to a point where I feel comfortable with it,” said Stith, the son of UVa basketball legend Bryant Stith, who is now an assistant coach at Old Dominion after serving as the head boys varsity basketball coach at Brunswick High School.
“My development’s going really well. Some people think that my dad going to ODU hurt me, but actually it helped me because it has allowed me to play with the college guys down there at ODU. And the experience there is unbelievable. Just working with them, some NBA players — I work out with Mike Scott down there, it’s invaluable.”
The 6’5″ Stith has also hit the weight room hard over the past year or so. He is now over 200 pounds.
“It’s definitely helping, not only with the strength and driving to the basket and being able to take contact, but being able to endure all the long games,” Stith said of the added weight. “Being stronger, it really helps.”
Stith was one of Brunswick’s primary ball-handlers, running the point position on a regular basis. At Oak Hill Academy — and further down the road at UVa — he’ll likely play off the ball, but that is something he feels comfortable with as well.
“Well, I’m pretty good off the ball, but playing on the ball at Brunswick really helped a lot too,” Stith said. “I think the two is probably my natural position and where I want...
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