VT Eyeing Butler 2011 G Anthony Stitt

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Butler (Matthews, N.C.) guard Anthony Stitt is hoping a big-time junior season equates to major Division 1 offers. The 6-1, 175-pound prospect has some solid offers in the fold already, including Charlotte, Richmond, VCU and William & Mary, but the higher level D1 programs would like to see more.

“Anthony has gotten major interest from Virginia Tech and Clemson. Those are the primary two out of the ACC,” Butler head coach Kurt Wessler said. “He has tremendous interest from Cincinnati and Xavier. He has offers from A-10 schools and Colonial schools. I think, when you look at the ACC and Big East schools, a lot of them are taking a wait-and-see approach. Coach Purnell from Clemson has been here already. I think the offers will be there for him.”

Stitt does not plan on committed until the fall of his senior year, but he has taken unofficial recruiting visits to Charlotte, Clemson, VCU and Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech coaches have stayed in tough with Stitt, who has been impressed by Seth Greenberg’s program.

“We have constant contact with the Virginia Tech staff,” Wessler said. “Anthony has been up several times on unofficial visits. He came to a football game this fall. He is really enamored with Virginia Tech.”

Stitt started in 20 out of 23 games as a freshman in 2007/2008 but missed much of the 2008/2009 season while his eligibility was being investigated. He is back as a full-time starter and playing at a high level.

“He has played really, really well,” Wessler said. “He broke his foot this summer down at a team camp at Wofford. We had concerns heading into the fall, but he has had no problems. He is averaging about 21 points a game. He is shooting 46-percent from the floor. It shows you he is getting a lot of good looks.”

Stitt certainly appears to have the ability to score, but whether or not he ends up as a shooting guard on the college level remains a question. His coach feels as though point guard could be in his future, though some view the talented junior as a 2-guard or combo guard.

“We argue over whether he is a true point. In my mind, he is a true point,” Wessler said. “What makes people hedge on the terminology is that he can score very well. A lot of people compare him to Marquis Rankin,