Indiana likely to receive one of Anya’s five official visits

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – With IU assistant coach Kenny Johnson sitting courtside at the Nike Global Challenge, 2013 center BeeJay Anya (Gaithersburg Md./DeMatha Catholic) didn’t disappoint.

In the USA East’s game against China – a blowout victory – Anya used his big body to push around his opponents.

He finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Most of his scoring came either off tip-ins or dunks.

After the game, the 6-foot-9, 275 lb. Anya reiterated his strong interest in Indiana.

“I talked to coach Kenny (Johnson) on Monday when I was at the airport in Chicago,” Anya told Inside the Hall. “I’m very interested in them. I’m not sure, but I think I want to take an official visit there.

“They think I’ll be able to contribute and get better as a player. They’ll take care of me and will make me feel like I’m at home.”

Other schools coming at him hard right now include Louisville, Kansas, Texas and Ohio State.

He said the biggest thing he wanted to work on this summer was slimming down and adding muscle. An event that helped was the FIBA U17 World Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania on June 29 where Anya’s USA basketball U17 team earned the gold medal.

“It was a great experience because we won,” he said. “It was good playing against different types of competition and watching different styles of play.”

Anya, who said he plans to take all five official visits, has no timetable for a decision at this point.

More from Anya

On the Global Challenge:

“It’s been good. A lot of good teams out here. It’s a good experience to play in front of these college coaches. It’s been great.”

On slimming down:

“I still want to slim down and bulk up a little bit. Tone a little bit more and get ready for the college level.”

On Victor Oladipo and Stanford Robinson:

“It means I’ll know someone there. It’s not a huge impact. Stan and Victor are both like my brothers. Me and Stan have been boys for a long time. I know if I go there, I may have a roommate that I know. I’ll also have a guy who can look out for me on campus.”

  • sully10

    I like what I hear!!!

  • Laffy

    Many people think Victor will go pro after this year so he won’t be around if Anya comes here.

  • PerthHoosier

    Amya will be closing the books on 2013 recruiting. No that would be feathery.

  • PerthHoosier

    Amya will be closing the books on 2013 recruiting. No that would be feathery.

  • BenJW

    “Me and Stan have boys for a long time”

    …wat

  • Robert Sales

    I think this guy Anya would look awesome in candy stripe pants. Trust me, CTC will develop him into the player that IU needs. Alot of people seem to be down on him, but I think he will be a great pickup!

  • marcusgresham

    I appreciate his sentiment, but I strongly doubt he needs anyone “who can look out for me on campus.” Dude is a monster.

  • Luke72

    Players develop at different rates, Anya sounds like he knows what he needs to do to be a top player. As far as Victor going pro after this year he will need to round out his game to be a first rounder. No doubt he has the talent and attitude to have a break out year. See flashes of DW from him! Next year is going to be flat out fun!!

  • dtfreed

    Anya has natural ability in knowing where rebounds are going and he has the size and desire to go and get them. He even knows he needs to get stronger!

  • IUGRADUATE

    I really hope he will end up with IU. Is there any update on our scholarship situation?

  • IUMIKE1

    Off subject I know, but I just seen the split screen picture of CTC & the great slimy one as Watford’s shot was announced as the winner at the ESPY awards. That just made my day and it kinda of reminded me of the look on his face right after “The Shot”. Would be a ton of fun to post that picture and have everyone say what they thought would be a good caption to put under it.

    For some more good laughs related to that game check out Hitler comments on IU UK game on YouTube. Hilarious

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.williamson.90 Charles Williamson

    I watched that video the other night, it is too funny.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.williamson.90 Charles Williamson

    I watched that video the other night, it is too funny.

  • hardcore_hoosier

    I give us a 50/50 chance with Anya if he does take an official visit, which sounds inevitable. He has been very tight lipped on where he has interest in going which makes this some big news We could be looking at an extremely tough frontcourt when this class arrives.

  • Robert Sales

    Hey Mike- Can you tell me where you saw the split screen of the 2 coaches. I’ve been looking and not successful . Thanks

  • IU1987

    Not sure where your 5050 is coming from. Obviously you are out of the loop. This is all, but done unless something major takes place. I for one will be happy when this becomes official.

  • ErniePyle

    Alex or anyone who is logical please explain to me why IU is soo high on BeeJay Anya? I don’t get it at all. He has ok measurables (size, strength) but where is the production?? Every game it’s 6pts, 5rbs, 1 blk… come on! This guys is not the elite guy he was projected to be freshman year at Dematha. I promise you, if Anya were attending HS outside of DC at some no name school, he probably wouldn’t be ranked higher than 100. I understand rankings are on potential but if your a jr ranked in the top 50, you should be averaging at least 15 pts 8 rbs…

  • JustAnotherHoosier

    Dude just because he isn’t putting up massive numbers doesn’t mean he isn’t a HUGE presence on the court. A guy with his size and strength can cause opponents to have to alter their shot, and therefore of course miss more. I think his numbers aren’t where they need to be, but they aren’t terrible. I really believe that this guy would be a VERY solid pickup, and with CTC he can be outstanding at IU.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Riiight… The same way VO was a top 10 guy coming out of high school — all cuz of Dematha… Ratings are based on potential — and as you correctly note, in measurables alone, Anya has that in spades. Can you imagine a front-court of Perea, Anya, Jurkin?

  • ScoopGeoff

    Ummm, he just EARNED a spot on the USA U17 national team that won gold at FIBA. You don’t just make that team because you go to DeMatha. You try ut against the other best players in the country and they make cuts… Your premise doesn’t make a lot of sense. His HS numbers are much more indicative of what his meaning is in a real (read NOT AAU) game. deMatha was playing one of the stiffest schedules in the country against tons of future D1 talent and he put up basically a double double with 6 blocks a game as a junior. I’m not sure he’s a future lottery pick, but he is definitely a top 50 player and will be a meaningful player no matter what school he ends up at.

  • ErniePyle

    The fact is he made the U17 USA squad based on hype. Until he puts up numbers (yes, even on a load AAU team) he’s just a normal 3 star prospect like VO.Yes, CTC can coach him up like he did VO.But I am saying he doesn’t belong in any recruiters top 100 because he was 6’9″ freshman yr and played on the varsity team at Dematha. Numbers don’t lie fellas. All I am saying to temper your expectations for this kid until he shows otherwise.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    No, he made the team because he tried out and was picked by the coaching staff. And his high school numbers, which were posted weekly last season right here, were very good and he played on a team that won a lot of games.

    The fact is, he can change a game without putting up big numbers because of his ridiculous wingspan which is 7-9, the largest ever measured by USA Basketball. Whether or not Anya scores double figures in every game or not is irrelevant to how big of an impact he can make for the program that is able to land him.

  • hardcore_hoosier

    Was stating that once he visits there is a 50/50 chance he he commits to IU. Was not doubting whether he will visit, as I said the visit is inevitable.

  • hoosierdaddy3

    Game. Set. and Match.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.williamson.90 Charles Williamson

    Exactly. he not getting offers from D2 schools and IU. he is going to a top 10 school. number are not a true measure of ones ability

  • Kelin Blab

    I am not sure what numbers people are looking for from Anya to show he is fit for an IU offer. He had good high school numbers but that is the least of my concerns with him, I look at the end product and he would have a huge impact at IU from day one. At IU he isn’t needed to put up 20-10 with the fire power that will be there.

  • Kelin Blab

    I am not sure what numbers people are looking for from Anya to show he is fit for an IU offer. He had good high school numbers but that is the least of my concerns with him, I look at the end product and he would have a huge impact at IU from day one. At IU he isn’t needed to put up 20-10 with the fire power that will be there.

  • IUJeff

    When is the deadline for announcing who has the 13 schollys this year?

  • InTheMtns
  • iuball11

    When Alex speaks, there is no arguement. Well said.

  • indianaourindiana

    Oladipo averaged 7.0 points a game as a junior at dematha… dematha is a school where players play a role and understand it. my friends little brother plays basketball in the same conference as him and stan robinson. he said robinson is the best athlete in the league. when i asked about anya he just said “he is absolutely ridiculous, he’s a beast”

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.spera.3 Gregory Spera

    Hey BeeJay! Vertical stripes are very slimming!

  • Reggie Hoosier

    Wow I hope we can land him now. No, I just hope he takes an offical here!

  • Reggie Hoosier

    Wow I hope we can land him now. No, I just hope he takes an offical here!

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    This would be one of the biggest recruits next to Cody and Yogi. Great kid, huge wingspan. Incredible upside.

  • ErniePyle

    Alright, Alex. We shall see if he turns out to be the star you all agree him to be (no rhyme intended). The best part is that right now your guess on Anya’s future is as good as mine. It’s all projections, and everyone needs to chill

  • ErniePyle

    Alright, Alex. We shall see if he turns out to be the star you all agree him to be (no rhyme intended). The best part is that right now your guess on Anya’s future is as good as mine. It’s all projections, and everyone needs to chill

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