For B.J. Stith, it had long been the plan to follow in his father's footsteps, and play basketball at Virginia. Now that plan is a step closer to reality.
Stith is part of the Cavaliers' three-player recruiting class of 2014, officially announced by the school on Thursday. Joining Stith as UVa signees are small forward Isaiah Wilkins of Georgia, and center Jack Salt from New Zealand.
Stith is the most highly regarded recruit of the three, earning a four-star grade from both Rivals and 247Sports. He's the son of Bryant Stith, the all-time leading scorer in UVa history who spent a decade in the NBA.
The younger Stith first committed to UVa in September 2011. He helped Brunswick High School -- where he was coached by his father -- win three consecutive state titles, before enrolling at Oak Hill Academy for his senior season. As a junior in 2012-13, Stith was named all-state for the Bulldogs after putting up 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists.
Wilkins also has strong NBA ties -- he's the step-son of Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins. Rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247Sports, the 6-7 Wilkins was Georgia's AA state player of the year last season after averaging 17 points and eight rebounds for Greater Atlanta Christian School.
Salt is unranked by the major recruiting websites. The 6-10 center earned all-tournament honors for the Westlake Boys High School Premier Team, after a 14-point, 16-rebound performance in the New Zealand Boys AA championship game.
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