Anya Hopes To Finish Season Strong

BeeJay Anya and Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic are looking to finish the regular season on a high note before entering the state playoffs.

BeeJay Anya and Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic are looking to finish the regular season on a high note before entering the state playoffs.

"We hit a rough bump, but we're headed to the playoffs and we're trying to finish the season strong," said Anya. "We have a couple more regular season games and want to build some momentum before the playoffs."

Anya, who signed with NC State in November after considering several high-major programs, hasn't had a chance to attend any Wolfpack games in Raleigh, but he was in College Park last month when State faced Maryland.

"It was great seeing the team in person," said Anya. "Seeing them play over at Maryland, I got to watch them in action, and they were excited to see me there. I talked with the coaches some about the game.

"I haven't been down there to see them play yet, but I watched both Duke games, the UNC game, the Clemson game... I've seen them play a lot. We started off well, then had some injuries and kind of dropped a couple, but we're going to be a threat in the ACC Tournament. They are going to keep their heads up and be a threat."

It's hard for Anya to hide his excitement over attending NC State next season. When he watches the games, he admits that the atmosphere is a big reason he inked with the Wolfpack.

"You see the crowd and the atmosphere, it's like I can't believe I'll play next year," said Anya. "I grew up watching games like these. It's crazy.

"I heard the crowds on TV when they played Duke and UNC... it's crazy seeing that environment and knowing next year they'll be cheering for me when we play teams like that."

Rated the No. 7 center in the country by, Anya is ranked No. 60 overall in the 2013 class. NC State loses Richard Howell to graduation and junior C.J. Leslie could declare for a draft so the expectation is there for Anya to play right away.

What could he add to the Wolfpack?

"The thing about BeeJay is he's just massive," said Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels. "He has this big, strong body with a huge wingspan and he uses it to impact the game on the defensive end. He really locks in on his area from a rebounding perspective and will definitely contest shots.

"Now, moving forward he will need to develop his offensive game. In high school he has overpowered defenders, but I think he'll need to develop some post moves and counter moves. He's one of the top centers in the country and will definitely help State from a rebounding standpoint in the paint."

While Anya admits that his offensive game is still developing, he knows that defense is his biggest strength. He's regarded as one of the top defensive players in high school at his position... he can impact a game with his rebounding and shotblocking.

"Since I was young I took pride in being a great defensive player," he said. "It's always been my thing. I think defense comes natural to me.

"I know we'll need another post defender that can block shots and rebound, and that's how I made my name. I rebound, block shots, alter shots.

"If I can continue to do that I think I can get on the floor."

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