How he got here
As he gets older and sends out Christmas cards to friends, Justice Kithcart probably should include Sacha Killeya-Jones on his list of recipients. When Kithcart and Killeya-Jones independently transferred to Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal this season, the presence of a top-75 junior big man placed VES under the microscope of college coaches and grassroots media.
VES subsequently competed at high-profile games and tournaments, and Kithcart very quickly established himself as a worthy prospect in his own right.
|Kithcart thrives when confronted with a physical challenge|
A lean, strong 6-1, 175-pound guard, Kithcart primarily commanded attention thanks to an explosive first step. Most point guards, even those with college talent, struggle to keep contain when he slashes toward the bucket, and as a bonus he also can lower his shoulder and use power to finish at the rim or draw fouls.
His exploits this season have drawn reported offers from Old Dominion, James Madison, Northern Arizona and others, with schools such as Clemson having shown interest as well.
Chances are, thanks to his explosive quickness — and a relative lack of point guard depth in 2016 — more offers will spill his way by the end of summer.
To 2015. …
Kithcart’s greatest weapon is his quickness along with his natural aggression, and not surprisingly he can go a little too fast for his own good. We view him as a combo guard despite his being 6-1, because he’s much better attacking with his head down than running an offense.
He projects as a strong fit for an uptempo system. Kithcart will need to improve his jump shot, but frankly he’s always likely to be a driver first, and thus getting him transition should maximum his production.
He also does track as an excellent defender at either backcourt position, thus the combo guard designation. He needs to sharpen his technique and focus, but down the line he could evolve into one of the toughest ball pressure defenders in his chosen league.
Kithcart’s scholarship offer profile is lower than most players I’ve treated in these primers, but he’s included anyway because his tangible qualities will translate very well to college and likely will earn him vastly greater attention in the coming months. He has played at three different high schools in his prep career, which has set back his exposure somewhat, so this spring and summer will be primetime for him to shine.