Aside from being a Lawrenceville, Va. native, the obvious connection between Stith and his new home is Monarch's assistant coach Bryant Stith – Brandan's father – who played for ODU's current head coach Jeff Jones in the 1990's at Virginia.
When he was being recruited at Brunswick High School, ODU was in the mix, but in the end he chose ECU. Stith will sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules before becoming eligible to play in 2015.
Last season, the 6-foot-7 215-pound freshman led the Pirates in rebounding (6.3) as one of the two true forwards on the team's roster. Stith had the second best field goal percentage (49.5) among players who played at least 10 games and averaged 4.5 points per game.
In ECU's two meetings with ODU last year, Stith scored just five points (1-for-7 shooting) combined.The Monarchs were 9-7 in their inaugural season in Conference USA, while the Pirates finished 5-11 in their last campaign as a league member – they will join the American Athletic Conference next fall.
ECU should not have any problem replacing Stith's production, though.
Transfers Keith Armstrong (Robert Morris), Michel Nzege (Winston Salem State) and Kanu Aju (City College of San Fransisco) will all be available in the front court next season, along with high school signee Grant Bryant. Also, starting forward Marshall Guilmette is expected to return from his season-ending knee injury.
However, Stith is the latest example of a player with plenty of promise moving on from ECU, rather than developing for four years within the program. Just after the Pirates' 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament Championship, Robert Sampson transferred to Georgia Tech.
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