Coaches Visiting BeeJay Anya

BeeJay Anya is rated as the one of the top post prospects in the class of 2013 by Fox Sports Next/Scout.com. Sunday, September 9th marked the first day of the Fall recruiting period where college coaches could visit Anya's home. Hear what Anya has to say about the first visits in this report.

BeeJay Anya is a 6-8 big man who has starred at Dematha Catholic High School in Maryland, who has made a name for himself in the international game while winning gold for Team USA this summer, and is one of the most recruited centers in the nation.

On Sunday, Anya received visits in his home from DePaul coach Oliver Purnell and Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon. Anya is also receiving interest from Louisville, Indiana, and North Carolina State.

"It went real well," said Anya. "Coach Purnell came in with (assistant) coach (Brian) Ellerbe. They came in and showed me and my parents about how I would fit in with their program."

After meeting with Pitt today, Anya plans on taking an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh on the weekend of September 15th.

"It went well," Anya said of the Pitt meeting. "Coach Dixon came in and answered my parents' questions. It was a good meeting."

At this point, Anya has interest from the ACC, Big East, and Big Ten. BeeJay has his first official visit scheduled to Louisville on the 29th of September.

With so much interest, what is Anya looking for in a future college program?

"I'm looking for a program where they throw the ball inside and make the post a big part of the offense," said BeeJay.

"I'm a big bodied center," BeeJay added. "I like to block shots and rebound. My offensive game still has a ways to go, but I'm improving every day."

As for the Blue Demons, Purnell already has a trio of players from the state of Maryland and would like to add Anya to his stable. Anya could join forward Cleveland Melvin, guard Brandon Young, and redshirt freshman forward Montray Clemons who all hail from the Baltimore area.

"They are a rebuilding program," BeeJay said of DePaul. "Coach Purnell is changing the program around. I think he is a very good coach. He's been to a lot of programs and changed a lot of programs around. He's changed the offensive style there. He came today and showed us the offensive style and everything he's planning on doing."

Anya's coach at Dematha Catholic, who sat in on today's in-home visit, knows all too well what kind of coach Oliver Purnell is. Mike Jones played for Purnell at Old Dominion and witnessed firsthand the turnaround in the ODU Monarchs program.

"I just told BeeJay and the family that Coach Purnell helped me to get the best out of a young man," said Jones. "Coach Purnell was my father away from home. I had a Dad who was really strong and influential in my life. For my three years with him at Old Dominion, Coach Purnell kind of took over that role. He didn't always tell me what I wanted to hear. He didn't always let me do what I wanted to do, but he always told me what I needed to hear and encouraged me to do what I needed to do."

Jones also spoke of Purnell's reputation for developing his players since he was the recipient of that kind of development.

"He really helped me develop as a basketball player," Jones said of Purnell. "I just got done telling the Anya family how my first two years I struggled and scrapped and scraped to get everything I got, but Coach made me work for it. The beginning of my junior year, it really started to pay off. Going in to college I was nowhere near the player that BeeJay is right now, but I do know what Coach Purnell can do in terms of improving players."

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