Anya having excellent year

In the best shape of his life Beejay Anya has been a dominant force on the court as a junior for DeMatha Catholic.

The talent has always been there for BeeJay Anya. A dominant big man at times early in his career, now as a junior the Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic standout is in the best shape of his life and is simply dominant on the floor all year long, especially at the Cancer Research Classic.

"It helps me run the floor a lot better and I am more athletic than I was last year," said Anya of his improved conditioning. "I am also able to play for longer periods of time and I am more effective for longer periods of time on the floor. Also I am just able to play harder for longer now."

Despite DeMatha Head Coach Mike Jones being a part of the coaching staff charged with selecting the USA under 17 team last year, Anya missed the cut, and he says that was a huge motivation for dropping weight and getting into the best shape of his life.

"I think what changed was after USA Camp I felt I was too heavy and that is why I didn't make the team," said Anya. "When I came back home I started working out, dieting, and just tried to change my body in order to become a better player."

Currently when it comes to his recruitment Anya is wide open. Many schools are showing him significant attention, and his options span every conference.

"I am hearing from Indiana, Ohio State, Texas, St. John's, Kansas, UCLA, Arizona, Maryland, Georgetown, Syracuse, Pitt, Villanova, Memphis, and some others I can't remember off the top of my head," said Anya.

With so many options, Anya is looking for a school that will know how to operate with a big space eating center down low.

"Definitely I am looking for a school where they get the ball to the big man," said Anya. "I want to go to a school that values a big guy and trusts him to make plays on offense. Hopefully a school like that will be where I am going."

One school that is very familiar with Anya is Syracuse. The Orange have a commitment from his teammate and friend Jerami Grant, and have always made it a point to recruit the D.C. area hard.

"Syracuse is a great school because they have everything in a school that I want," Anya explained. "They also have Jerami going there and he is a very good friend of mine, like a brother to me. He's talking to me about going to school there and saying I would love it there."

Another school with a DeMatha product headed there is Pittsburgh. The Panthers already have signed James Robinson, and would love to add Anya a year a year later.

"Coach (Jamie) Dixon and Coach (Brandin) Knight are both very good guys, and I think some of the best coaches in college basketball," Anya said of Pitt. "Jamie Dixon has done a great job at Pittsburgh, and they are always at the top of the Big East no matter what. Hopefully they can continue the same in the ACC. I think it would also be a good fit in terms of style of play with guys like DeJuan Blair who they gave the ball to a lot."

In looking for a school that utilizes its big man, Anya has also focused on Ohio State, and thinks the Buckeyes are an attractive option because of the way they have utilized Jared Sullinger.

"I think I would fit in great there," said Anya. "Sullinger is doing great at Ohio State and they feed him the ball and trust him to do a lot of things. Hopefully I can take a visit down there and see what they do. Also I can see that they have done a good job of helping Jared transform his body since last year and since high school. Strength and conditioning is definitely something I look at."

For now though Anya is simply focused on basketball. He says not to expect any kind of college decision for some time, and plans to make some visits before coming to a final choice.

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