Anya completes impressive run

NC State is putting together a loaded roster, and Anya completes that with a big center to play down low.

The North Carolina State Wolfpack have been on a recruiting roll since Mark Gottfried's arrival in Raleigh. Now with the addition of four-star center BeeJay Anya, Gottfried and company have managed to put together a complete and well rounded roster.

Already the scoring prowess of T.J. Warren and Rodney Purvis has been put on display for a national audience. The two NC State freshmen have been putting up big scoring numbers during the early part of the season.

As if that wasn't enough point guard Tyler Lewis has been solid in his debut, and a five-star point guard in Anthony Barber is in the fold already and coming to Raleigh. With that the backcourt is more than set with scorers and even a little bit of depth.

Then up front the Wolfpack addressed the need for a power forward with four-star Kyle Washington out of Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy. Washington signed with the school where he will provide and inside-out threat who is athletic and has a developing skill level.

The only need for the Wolfpack to complete their roster was a big space eating center. NC State didn't land one in 2012 and with the graduation of Richard Howell there was no player with that kind of strength left on the roster with the exception of little used Jordan Vandenberg.

Now NC State has that in Anya. Anya, who goes about 6-foot-8 and 265 pounds, is one of the toughest interior players in the class. He rebounds the ball very well, is a solid post defender, and then finishes around the rim trying to dunk everything he can.

What works so well with Anya and NC State is the fact that he isn't a kid who needs a lot of post touches to be effective and stay engaged. Anya is not a gifted scorer with his back to the basket, and he thrives on catch and dunk opportunities and offensive rebounds.

This is important because Warren, Purvis, and even Barber are all kids who really need the ball to be effective and also they are kids who tend to need shots to be effective. That fact is not something that will bother Anya, as he thrives on cleaning the glass and making things happen in that way.

Adding a strong interior presence who can dive to the rim in ball screen situations and is capable of getting deep post position works well with the UCLA style high post offense that the Wolfpack use.

Overall this is a huge commitment for the Wolfpack and one that completes their roster in a way that should put them not only near the top of the ACC for a while to come, but also remain one of the top ranked teams in the entire nation.

Now with the low post player in the fold and their needs filled, the focus turns to Julius Randle, who the Pack remain in the mix with. Adding Randle would be icing on the cake, as NC State is now trying to build on one of the best classes in the country.


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