Teel Time: Brandan Stith, Al Freeman among additions to Boo Williams' elite team
Hampton High guard Anthony Barber is among the locals on Boo Williams' elite team
Locals such as Hampton High point guard Anthony Barber, Phoebus small forward Troy Williams and Cape Henry Collegiate guard Devon Hall remain the squad’s linchpins. But as usual, Boo has recruited outside Hampton Roads to prepare for national-caliber competition.
The most renowned of his additions is Al Freeman from Olympic High in Charlotte, N.C. A 6-foot-4 guard in the class of 2013, he recently narrowed his college options to Kansas and Villanova, according to Rivals.com.
Also, Boo has landed Brandan Stith, a 6-6 forward from Brunswick High in Lawrenceville. His father, Bryant, was not only an All-American at Virginia but also a staple of Boo’s program during the mid- and late 1980s.
Bryant Stith and Alonzo Mourning were the centerpieces of the 1988 team that won Boo’s first Amateur Athletic Union national championship.
Brandan and his younger brother, B.J., play for their dad at Brunswick, the two-time, reigning Division 3 state champion. B.J. has committed to Virginia, and if Brandan is willing to attend prep school for a year, he has an offer to join B.J. with the Cavaliers starting in 2014.
If Brandan elects to enroll in college following his 2013 graduation, his scholarship options include Ohio, Charlotte and Liberty.
Charlotte also is among the programs recruiting 6-8 power forward Tony Nunn of North Henderson High in Salisbury, N.C. He, too, is playing for Boo this spring and summer.
The team begins competing in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League April 20-22 in Minneapolis. The second of the EYBL’s five sessions is April 22-29 in Hampton.
Boo’s team was 9-6 in EYBL competition last year and qualified for the season-ending tournament at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.
Troy Williams, Boo’s nephew, is set to choose from among Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgetown at any moment. Barber has offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Providence and Kansas, with Duke pondering an offer.
Hall is a class of 2014 point guard with offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others, according to Rivals.
With the NCAA’s recruiting calendar permitting college coaches to attend the EYBL stop in Hampton later this month, bank on snarled traffic and parking at the Sportsplex on Armistead Avenue.
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