Anya shows improvement, gets in shape

HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Already regarded as the No. 42 player in the 2013 class, BeeJay Anya showed drastic improvements to his game and conditioning this past weekend at the National Hoops Festival.

BeeJay Anya is focused.

After playing the spring and summer out of shape, Anya, a standout at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha decided to make a change.

The four-star prospect began a diet, started working on his body and set out to start his junior season in the best shape basketball shape he's been in. Consider Anya's mission accomplished.

"I've just been trying to get in shape," the 6-foot-8, 265-pound post prospect told "I think last year that was holding me back from being a better player. Now that I've lost the weight I'm playing better."

Where is it helping Anya the most?

"I think I'm more athletic and more agile than I was last year," he said. "I think me losing that weight helped me a lot."

Over the weekend, Anya matched up with one of the nation's top senior big men – Dajuan Coleman. In the match up, Anya more than held his own causing Coleman fits with his length and physical play.

"It was kind of a big game for me going up against Dajuan Coleman because he's a great player," Anya said. "I think that he came out and played well and it was a good showing for both of us and my team came out with a W."

"I think [Saturday] was one of my better games," he added. "I think on a daily basis me and him are very similar with our style of play. We are very similar."

It's clear that Anya has worked on more than his conditioning and body. Anya's offensive ability looked improved and he even showed confidence in a jump hook over his left shoulder.

Anya told that he isn't concerned with the recruiting process at the moment, but did list scholarship offers from Syracuse, Texas, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Georgetown, Indiana, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Florida and Florida State.

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