Once again there was a Stith filling buckets on a Virginia basketball court.
Two decades ago it was Bryant Stith thrilling University Hall, becoming the all-time leading scorer in UVa history in the process. Thursday morning, his son B.J. was wowing those in attendance at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp at John Paul Jones Arena.
The rising senior's play earned him an invite to the most prestigious camp in the country, and a chance to test himself against the nation's best.
"You know it's a great opportunity to come out here and play against some of the top talent in the country," Stith explained. "It's a great experience. I love playing against them and it lets me know where I'm at and where I stand so I can get better."
Stith led Brunswick High School to three consecutive state titles but is enrolling at Oak Hill Academy in the fall. Oak Hill is one of the top prep powerhouses in the country and will give Stith more experience playing against top-level competition, like he'll face this week.
His play at the camp impressed many at JPJ, including his coach, 15-year NBA veteran and former Cavalier Olden Polynice.
"That was the thing I saw, the confidence, like he belonged out there," Polynice said. "And he showed it. He played a great game. I was really pleased with his performance today."
Stith has been committed to Tony Bennett and Virginia since he was a freshman at Brunswick and playing at JPJ was an exciting glimpse into his future.
"The experience playing at JPJ is always a great opportunity, great experience. I love it here and it lets me know the competition I'm playing against the next two years in the ACC isn't that tough," he said.
While he's at UVa, Stith is sure to be followed by comparisons to his father; comparisons he says he's ready to take on.
"It'll be very, very big shoes to fill. That's all I have to say," he explained. "My Dad was an outstanding player at UVa and his legacy still lives on. People expect me to come here and be just as good as him and hopefully I'll be able to live up to those expectations."
"I mean BJ Stith, he could follow the same path as his Dad," Polynice predicted. "He can shoot the ball, he can handle the ball and he has a good sense of the game. I'm glad he's on my team."
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