First year guard B.J. Stith is leaving the University of Virginia basketball program after his first season. The Lawrenceville, VA native plans to continue his college career at Old Dominion University.
“It is with great sadness that I’m leaving the University of Virginia,” Stith told Virginiasports.com. “I want to thank Coach Bennett, the entire basketball staff, my teammates and Cavalier Nation for allowing me to realize my life-long dream.”
Prior to UVa, Stith attended prep basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (VA) where he was a four-star recruit and ranked as the nation’s No. 45 prospect, according to rivals.com. Before his senior season at Oak Hill, Stith led Brunswick High School (VA) to three straight Virginia State titles. The four-star recruit committed to the University of Virginia very early in the recruiting process way back in September 2011.
Stith’s early decision to commit to the Cavaliers came as no surprise to the Wahoo faithful. His father, Bryant Stith, is UVa’s all-time leading scorer with 2,516 points and also played in the NBA for ten seasons. Bryant Stith is currently an assistant basketball coach at ODU. B.J. also has an older brother who is currently a sophomore forward for the Old Dominion basketball team.
Many fans assumed part of the reason B.J. is transferring to ODU is to play under his dad and alongside his brother. However, Stith is also looking for more playing time on the court.
The 6’5 guard averaged a mere 4.8 minutes per game during his first season. In the time he was given, he averaged 1.0 point, 0.6 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 13 games. With a huge total of eight other guards on the roster this season and only two of which are graduating, B.J. most likely would not have seen the floor much next season either.
Despite Stith’s departure, Head Coach Tony Bennett thanked the first-year guard for his great efforts. “B.J. worked hard, was a good teammate and played a role in our success this season. We wish him well in the future.”
Because he will play under his father and alongside his older brother, ODU seems like the perfect school for B.J. Stith. Despite a challenging season from an individual standpoint, he seems positive about his new start.
“The love I received from everyone associated with Virginia Basketball was overwhelming.” Stith told Virginiasports.com. “I will forever be grateful for the support. However, I know in my heart that my steps have been ordered.”
By Elijah Hawkins, Staff Writer (P)