Anya among finalists for 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team

  • 06/17/2012 9:46 pm in

2013 DeMatha (MD) center and IU recruiting target BeeJay Anya is among the 14 finalists for the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship team. 2014 Applewood, Minnesota point guard Tyus Jones, who was offered by Indiana last month, is also a finalist.

After a training camp over the weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball made the announcement on Sunday:

Headlined by 2011 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy / Chicago, Ill.), the list features eight athletes who won a gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and one who was on the 2011 USA Basketball 3×3 Youth World Championship Team.

Named as finalists for the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team were: Beejay Anya (DeMatha Catholic H.S. / Gaithersburg, Md.); Joel Berry (Lake Highland Prep School / Apopka, Fla.); Dominique Collier (Denver East H.S. / Denver, Colo.); Stephen Domingo (Saint Ignatius Prep / San Francisco, Calif.); Conner Frankamp (Wichita North H.S. / Wichita, Kan.); Rondaé Jefferson (Chester H.S. / Chester, Pa.); Dakari Johnson (Montverde Academy, Fla. / Brooklyn, N.Y.); Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S. / Fullerton, Calif.); Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S. / Apple Valley, Minn.); Kendrick Nunn (Simeon Career Academy / Chicago, Ill.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Parker; Johnathan Williams (Southwind H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.); and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School / Houston, Texas).

On Saturday, Anya told Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal that the commitment of Stanford Robinson could help Indiana:

Anya then talked up Indiana some because of his connections with the Hoosiers. Current IU player Victor Oladipo he said is “like a second brother,” and 2013 IU commitment Stanford Robinson is an AAU teammate and has “been close to me and we’ve played together since the fourth grade. We’re really close.”

When asked if the commitment by Robinson was a factor that would help Indiana, Anya said: “That may play a factor into things. But I’m not sure right now.”

2014 Ft. Wayne Luers guard and IU commit James Blackmon Jr. was invited to participate and traveled to Colorado Springs, but is still recovering from a torn ACL.

Theo Pinson, a 2014 wing from Greensboro Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC) who holds an offer from IU, did not make the list of finalists.

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  • Kelin Blab

    Anya making it this far on this team says alot for him as a player. Kid has more game than we know and or see in highlights. Dematha produces solid players and he is one of them.

  • Kelin Blab

    Anya making it this far on this team says alot for him as a player. Kid has more game than we know and or see in highlights. Dematha produces solid players and he is one of them.

  • Mr_Howard8h

    I was under the impression he was going to visit in June. Stop on by anytime, Beejay!

  • IUFan87

    This kid is a Lock for IU wish he would go ahead and make the Verbal Might be able to get some more 10 Ten Players

  • HoosierDD

    BeeJay “The Beast!” Some have reservations on this kid because of his
    stat line, and that’s understandable, especially when you don’t see him
    play. But once you see him in a game his presence can’t be ignored. He
    owns the lane: blocks, rebounds, and put-backs. IMO, his potential is unlimited, especially once he gains a mid-range shot and 75% free throws. We want him!

  • ace132

    love anya as well. though developing a mid range J and 75% free throws is alot harder than it sounds

  • HoosierDD

    I agree. I’ve seen him make some mid range shots. Much more worried about the 75% free throws :/ Not sure it can happen. Would be happy with 60-65%. Some guys just can’t make ’em. Just think the positives far outweigh the negatives.

  • HoosierDD

    I agree. I’ve seen him make some mid range shots. Much more worried about the 75% free throws :/ Not sure it can happen. Would be happy with 60-65%. Some guys just can’t make ’em. Just think the positives far outweigh the negatives.

  • marcusgresham

    His neck is thicker than most people’s thigh.

  • SCHoosier

    I think somebody missed the boat if Trey L. didn’t get an invite to try out..or maybe he did? Anybody else see the monster numbers he put up in his first game with the Canadian team? I refused to think tha BJ is a “lock” for IU./.altho he should be given all the circumstances. He’s gonna get attention from everybody (which I think he wants)..and its possible that some program will “turn his head”. That said..his parents also have a relationship with the Olapido’s and others in that area..now THAT could be a turning point for IU. VO has developed under Crean..gets massive national pub..as will the Hoosiers..and pulled in a 3.6 grade average last semester. Good fodder for BJ’s recruitment.

  • HoosierKen73

    I’m with ya on that SC. I scanned that list so closely thinking he’d have to be on it. In my mind, he’s just about… if not absolutely, the top player in that class.. Now maybe I have my ‘IU goggles’ on, but who’s that much better? Maybe he had a conflict in his schedule or something. Like Anya a lot, surely hope we get him.

  • HoosierTrav

    I’d love to have this guy. We will own the paint throughout every game, regardless of opponent.

  • HoosierTrav

    Trey had the option to tryout for the US or join the Canadian team. Canada may actually have the better team. Lyles and Wiggins is an incredible duo.

  • HoosierTrav

    I’d say he’s definitely under-ranked but not ahead of Wiggins. Wiggins is in a league of his own. I’d argue that he is better than Jabari Parker. Lyles should be 2nd in the class based off of the skills that he already possesses offensively. To think that he’s got two more seasons of high school and a spring under Crean, to develop his skills further, is mind boggling. Lyles WILL be better than Zeller imho.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    To be fair to ESPN, recruits number 2-7 are ranked really similarly, as they all have the same grade. Basically any one of those 6 guys could be number 2, and any of them could be 7.

  • K B

    Once you choose a country to compete with, you’re “stuck” with that country for the long-term. You can’t switch back-and-forth and compete on teams for multiple countries. He’s always going to be Team Canada — my understanding is that it’s even through the “real” Olympics in eight or twelve years from now.

  • drox34

    Have not seen either play, just read reports and see stat lines, but if you had a choice who would you want on the Hoosiers, Anya or Malcolm Lee?

  • drox34

    Have not seen either play, just read reports and see stat lines, but if you had a choice who would you want on the Hoosiers, Anya or Malcolm Lee?

  • HoosierKen73

    I’m not that knowedgeable on Wiggins. But I’ll take your word on it. Read this morning that after a phone conversation with Crean on Monday, Pinson (who also did not make this team), will visit IU on Friday…that’s pretty exciting as well…

  • BeeJay is by far the featheriest of all the Recruits… With Stanford coming in a close second.

  • BeeJay is by far the featheriest of all the Recruits… With Stanford coming in a close second.

  • sireric

    Malcolm Lee? Former UCLA 2 guard? He was pretty good but left for the nba too early. Ill take Anya based on need. We have enough guards next year…jk haha. I know what you meant.

  • IUFAN87

    Not getting him will not destroy our program at all but it will be a bust for CTC he has done everything to get this kid from recruiting VO , Robinson, and then hiring of the A. Coach. I mean CTC has really pulled for this kid starting 3 years ago. Dont get me wrong VO and Robinson are high recruits and the development of VO he is going to find a spot on a NBA roster eventually after his Hoosier career but Crean over all goal is the get Anya. I say this is a Lock but no one knows for sure what he will do.

  • Kelin Blab

    Robinson may be as good of find out of DC as Anya….

  • Kelin Blab

    Robinson may be as good of find out of DC as Anya….

  • Chromeburn

    Getting Stanford was a huge recruit for us. Potentially getting Anya also would be out of this world. I think this kid has a very high ceiling.

  • diperdandy

    Marcus lee not malcolm