HYATTSVILLE, Md. – When the National High School Hoops Festival schedule came out, many people look at DeMatha vs. Jamesville-Dewitt.
BeeJay Anya vs. DaJuan Coleman. Two big guys pushing 300 lbs. going at it in the paint.
Then something happened. Anya lost 40 lbs. in the past few months and is looking considerably slimmer. He was still able to hold his own against the Syracuse-bound Coleman, bodying him up in the paint and using his length to make up for the height disadvantage.
“I think he came out and played well and it was a good showing for both of us,” Anya said.
Anya was certainly more mobile and active than he was in the summer, getting open in the post and showing off a variety of post moves. His rebounding is still a huge asset at both ends of the floor.
His conditioning has helped in all facets of his game.
“Last year, that’s what was holding me back from being a better player,” Anya said. “I am more agile and athletic than I was last year.”
Anya isn’t focusing on his recruitment, but he has a long list of schools pursuing him. Syracuse, Texas, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Georgetown, Indiana, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Florida and Georgia Tech have all extended offers to the 2013 big man.
Anya ranks No. 30 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.
Photo: National Recruiting Spotlight