Justice scaling game upward

It’s always easy to identify Justice Kithcart, because usually he’s the first guy down the floor. The junior guard enjoyed a solid campaign this season and will hit the road this spring seeking high-major scholarship offers.

An explosive first step can’t be overstated, and Justice Kithcart may ride his all the way to a major conference. The junior combo guard at Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal teamed with Sacha Killeya-Jones this season and led his team to the state final.

Kithcart proved to be a key cog in the machine, using his ability to blow past his man frequently to score baskets. He’s not only extremely quick, he possesses a lean strength and aggressive style that generates frequent trips to the free throw line.

”I feel like I played well, and we made the state final,” Kithcart said. “We had a good season overall, just fell to Blue Ridge at the end.”

Everyone knows Kithcart can move. The questions he’ll have to address in the coming months pertain to his ability to run a team and his outside shot.

Encouragingly, he knocked down multiple threes at last weekend’s Super 60 Showdown in North Carolina, where he showcased a more balanced game than he has at times in the past.

”I’ve been working on my shot a lot,” Kithcart said. “I’m also trying to get more explosive and stronger for the college game.”

Although he says as of now he doesn’t have any major offers, Kithcart is beginning to hear from an increasing number of high-majors.

Notre Dame is recruiting me pretty hard, they send a little pretty much every day,” he said. “Virginia Tech is on me pretty hard, too, and I also hear from Wake Forest and USC.”

Kithcart will tour with the loaded Team Loaded VA on the Adidas circuit, a squad that will attend events in Dallas, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Las Vegas and elsewhere, so he certainly won’t lack of exposure.

Along with his offensive abilities, Kithcart could develop into an elite defender as well. What he needs more than anything is evaluations from college coaches, and the rest appears on track to take care of itself.

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