Anya Updates Recruitment

BeeJay Anya knows all about expectations. A lot has been expected of Anya ever since he burst on the scene as an underclassman at Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic.

BeeJay Anya knows all about expectations. A lot has been expected of Anya ever since he burst on the scene as an underclassman at Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic.

"I think having high expectations is a good thing," said Anya. "It means people know you have the potential to be great."

The 6-foot-8, 255-pounder hits the hardwood on the AAU circuit with Team Takeover, one of the top programs in the country. Takeover, who features several high-major prospects, started slow before ending the summer on a high note.

"We won our last event," Anya said. "That was a great way to go out. Everyone predicted us to do well, but it took a little while for us to gel. I wish we could have done it earlier, but I like how we finished."

A passionate player, Anya looks to contribute on both ends. Known for his rebounding and shotblocking ability, he has spent time in the gym trying to expand his offensive game and improve his conditioning.

"I'm not where I want to be right now," he said. "But I think this winter is going to help me get into better shape and prepare for the college level.

"Early in my basketball career everyone thought I was just a shotblocker and now I'm trying to take my offense to a higher level. It's starting to come around... my face-up game and post game."

Rated the No. 4 center in the 2013 class by Scout.com, Anya has faced his share of talented big men. Who was the toughest player he played against this summer?

"It had to be Kennedy Meeks," Anya stated. "That is my boy. We're good friends and we always battle when we play each other. He was probably the toughest guy I played against because of everything he can do. He can pas the ball really well and set guys up... orchestrate the offense. That took me a little while to get used to."

Anya is now starting to focus on his recruitment with his AAU career behind him. He is hoping to narrow down his list of schools and start to take visits this fall before eventually making a decision.

With offers on the table from programs like NC State, UCLA, Indiana, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Louisville among others, he certainly has options.

"I'm really going to start cutting my list down at the end of August," he said. "Once I get it cut down some more I can set up my visits.

"I don't have any set up yet, but Ohio State has a good chance of getting one and so does Indiana. NC State, I think they are going to get one. Louisville and probably Pittsburgh... UCLA is also in there so we'll see once I cut it down and set them up."

NC State, with assistant Rob Moxley leading the way, has been on Anya for a long time. The Wolfpack offered him in the spring of 2011 just after Mark Gottfried was named head coach.

"With NC State I really like coach Moxley and coach Gottfried," said Anya. "They've made me a priority and both of them are good guys. Coach Moxley is recruiting me hard... I like him a lot. He knows a lot about my area, and he gives me a lot of information about certain things I want to know.

"Coach Gottfried, he has shown me a lot of attention... he's been at my games. They've been telling me how they need big guys in this class and I could maybe come in and play early. They talked about how much of an impact I can make for them.

"I know they signed a great class last year with Rodney Purvis, T.J. Warren, and Tyler Lewis so they are going to be good. I've played with all of them so I know how good they are."

Anya is not in a hurry to make a decision and maintains that he is wide open. What will he be looking for when the time comes to choose his college?

"When I go to visit the campus I want to feel like I'm at home," he said. "I want to feel like I can talk to the coaches about anything and it has to be a place I fit in.

"Also, I want to talk to their academic advisers as well because I take that very seriously."


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