ESPN.com talks to BeeJay Anya about recruiting, IU

  • 05/23/2012 8:34 am in

ESPN.com: BeeJay Anya showing why he’s No. 1-ranked center

Anya is balancing a host of offers, including Ohio State, Indiana, Kansas, Syracuse, UCLA and Georgetown, among others. He also has interest from North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky.

One offer that often comes up in conversation is Indiana. Kenny Johnson, a new assistant coach at Indiana since the beginning of the month, is the former vice president and assistant director of basketball operations of Team Takeover. Johnson also was the head coach of the program’s 16-and-under group, and he has built a great relationship with Anya.

“I’m very interested in Indiana, just like I’m very interested in all the other schools that have offered me,” Anya said. “I’m really happy for him. I know he’s going to do great things at Indiana.”

Whichever school picks up Anya will get a driven player, someone who isn’t completely worried about rankings but is focused on being the best. He’ll have the rest of the EYBL season to put an exclamation point on where he should be listed among the nation’s elite.

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  • Want me to photoshop a picture of you in candy stripes BeeJay so you can get the unmatched feeling of being a Hoosier? You will play a vital role at Indiana  and also bring home a banner.

  • B-BALL PAPAW

    Sure would be nice to see that kid in a HOOSIER uniform.

  • IUMIKE1

    Wants a school that has a proven weight & conditioning program, check, wants a school that isn’t afraid to feature the guy in the middle (eg CZ), check, wants a school & coach that will prepare him to compete at the next level (eg DWade / Cook Hall), check.

     BJ, four words sir, “IT’S all at INDIANA”

    On a side note for any Hoosier fans that can pick up the ABC affiliate in Louisvlle, the sports guy there will be interviewing the one that wrote the book on running to another job before the investigation starts specifically about pUKe ending the annual game. A word of caution though cause it sounds like a barf bag may be required equipment if you watch the whole thing.   

  • IUFAN87

    Like I said about Robinson before He committed THIS KID IS A LOCK FOR IU……He will finish the 2013 class off and will be great leader his sophmore year to the 2014 guards coming in…  The program will be able to be set up for him with Zeller more than likely going pro next year ( Hard to pass the number 1 pick) so put him down and for those crunching scholarship numbers start coming up with scenerio’s becuase HE WILL BE AT IU BRINGING US A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

  • IUFAN87

    Like I said about Robinson before He committed THIS KID IS A LOCK FOR IU……He will finish the 2013 class off and will be great leader his sophmore year to the 2014 guards coming in…  The program will be able to be set up for him with Zeller more than likely going pro next year ( Hard to pass the number 1 pick) so put him down and for those crunching scholarship numbers start coming up with scenerio’s becuase HE WILL BE AT IU BRINGING US A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

  • superhoops

    No. 1 ranked center?  Kid is way over rated.  We’ll be fine without this one, unless we like players that are highly ranked and can’t dominate in high school.  

  • Twarrior87

    Can’t dominate in high school? Please provide a back up argument to support your case. Every video i’ve ever see of Anya he looked like a man amongst boys. So, if you have an inside scoop on him please let us know.

  • HoosierDD

     If you solely go by ppg you might have a case.  But once you factor in rebounding, shot blocking, and a big, physical, intimidating presence in the lane then yeah, I think he can dominate. Also looks like he can hit his free throws.

  • indianaourindiana

    how many ppg did oladipo average in high school? dematha is not a school where just one player scores a bunch

  • Miamihoosier

    If “dominating” in High School is your litmus test, then Kellen Dunham will be a one and done at Butler.    Stats in H.S. basketball are relative my friend.    Anya has other D1 prospects he is sharing touches with in an extremely competitive league.   When you call a kid like this “over rated”, you have to realize you are saying you know better than men whose only job is to accurately evaluate talent for companies like ESPN, MSN/FOX Sports, and Yahoo!…………

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Seriously, even if Zeller bolts for the NBA after next season, you’re still talking about a potential frontline including Perea, Jurkin, Fischer, and Anya.  That’s a pretty ridiculous lineup of bigs!  6’8″ athlete, 6’9″ monster, 6’11” center with offensive skills, 7’0″ center w/defensive shot blocking skills. 

    Hmm, put those type bigs with that set of skills around guards like Yogi and boom they become the best frontline in the NCAA.

  • IULaw79

    I’ll trust CTC.  Its clear the man knows talent when he sees it.  Anya would be a huge recruit for us and I hope we land him.

  • Robert Sales

    I sure hope you are right. If we land him, it would huge. UK would be pissed off.

    Go IU

  • VerdellJonesIV

    I see the same in the videos, but it’s hard to argue that he’s dominant when all the stat lines we see rarely include double digit points or boards. The potential is definitely there, he just doesn’t seem to put up same numbers that recruits of the same caliber and ranking put up. Don’t know why, just an observation.

  • Outoftheloop

    I am curious how this works between the recruits and Coach Crean. Indiana wants a 5 man class for 2013. Indiana wants another “Big” as the 5th recruit. The Hoosiers have targeted Bee Jay Anya, 6’8/260, Jameel McKay, 6’8/200, and Marcus Lee, 6’9/200. Is it just “first-come-first-served”? Or does one player have until “X date” to say yes (publicly or privately) before either of the others can say yes? Or what? I definitely want to add one of these three great players. I probably lean towards Anya because of the DC connection to Creek, Oladipo, and Assistant Coach Johnson. But either of the other two players, McKay or Lee, sound great as well. As fans we wish that it would all happen tomorrow, but first the 2012 scholarship numbers must “work out” at 13. So I don’t expect anything public to be announced until the Fall. Crean continues to impress as a recruiter (the above three are still joined with Ojeleye (R #37/S # 30) and Morris (R # 82/S #61) as active targets; as a coach who improves his players each year (Hulls, Watford, Oladipo, Sheehey, etc.); as a judge of under-valued talent (Abell, Oladipo, Sheehey, Hulls, Fischer, etc.); and as a life-long friend and mentor (D Wade). This program is here to stay on top!

  • twarrior87

    I used to not be very big on this guy, but i did some research and now i am on the BeeJay Anya train. there are alot of reasons his stats are skewed. In this article when it gives his statline of 14pt/5rb/3bl it mentions this happened “in limited time” so you have to take into consideration how many minutes he is playing on TeamTakover which is a stacked team.
    Also in some of these tournaments perimeter play is the style of the game.

    Take a look at some of these high school facts about Anya:

    -Attends DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.), where as a sophomore in 2010-11 he helped lead his team to a 29-7 and a state runner-up finish; started all 36 games and averaged 10.0 ppg., 11.0 rpg. and 6.3 bpg.

    -As a freshman in 2009-10, aided DeMatha to a 32-4 slate and the state championship; played in all 36 games and averaged 5.7 ppg., 5.1 rpg. and 1.6 bpg.

    -Has compiled 546 points, 579 rebounds and 254 blocked shots in two years of varsity play.

    -Lists single-game bests of 23 points, 18 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.

    As a Sophomore he averaged 10ppg, 11rpg, and 6.3bpg. That’s a ton of blocks man and as a Soph. If you don’t want a presence like that on the team then i’m not sure about you.

  • SCHoosier

    Maybe..but right now..Luke appears to be the only one who can shoot a jump shot facing the basket?? An essential skill I’d say going forward. Just saying..all these kids have tremendous potential for improvment and I think Crean will get it out of them. Right now they are pieces of atheltic clay to be molded.

  • Kelin Blab

     Anya plays with MULTIPLE division 1 players, unlike many of our other recruits. His numbers won’t blow your mind but you can dominate a game by more than putting up 20-20. I was not on the Anya bandwagon but I am all in given his ability, his success with dematha, and his potential.

  • Kelin Blab

     Coaches are open with recruits as to where they stand and what time line they are working with. They may tell a kid, we would like a commitment from you by August 1st, if not we are going to continue to pursue other guys. If that date comes and goes, the focus goes elsewhere.

  • Kelin Blab

     Coaches are open with recruits as to where they stand and what time line they are working with. They may tell a kid, we would like a commitment from you by August 1st, if not we are going to continue to pursue other guys. If that date comes and goes, the focus goes elsewhere.

  • Outoftheloop

     Thanks Kelin. When does recruitment begin for your little guy?

  • dtfreed

    If they get him or another rated PF it presents the same over signed problem they have now. The least talented player has to leave or become a walk on, not the order of when they signed

  • It looks like Stanford Robinson isn’t the only guy DeMatha guy trying to recruit BeeJay. One of his DeMatha buddies is going to play soccer at IU next year. Check out this hilarious Tweet:
    “Screaming IU as @BAnya_Allday is on the phone with the head coach of Ohio State >>>>>>”
    https://twitter.com/Cowdrizzy/status/205476993234509825

    This couldn’t hurt. Just sayin’.

  • calbert40

    I’m with you, Kelin. I was not salivating over Anya’s inclusion on our recruiting board…initially. However, when you see UNC, Duke, UK, etc all offering the same player who is out of the region for all of those schools, the kid must be good.

    He is road grader big. We really don’t have a hoss like him on the roster, and with drive and dish guards like we will have over the next few years, Anya could be a handful for opponents.

    I trust CTC’s judgment.

  • calbert40

    I’m with you, Kelin. I was not salivating over Anya’s inclusion on our recruiting board…initially. However, when you see UNC, Duke, UK, etc all offering the same player who is out of the region for all of those schools, the kid must be good.

    He is road grader big. We really don’t have a hoss like him on the roster, and with drive and dish guards like we will have over the next few years, Anya could be a handful for opponents.

    I trust CTC’s judgment.

  • HoosierGrad07

    not saying you’re wrong (cuz you’re not) but to talk about what these guys can and can’t do “right now” is pretty absurd. At this point none of these guys actually plays for IU yet (summer workouts aside). So I think we’ve finally reached the limit of where looking ahead can be useful. There are really only like 2 or 3 kids playing HS bball right now that aren’t in one way or another clay waiting to be molded. Everyone can get better and these guys will too…

  • Geoff_85

    Honestly, I think Jurkin’s shot is underrated. He CAN shoot, just doesn’t have to 99% of the time AND he can shoot free throws very well.