Anya on IU visit: “I thought it went great”

DeMatha big man BeeJay Anya had never been to Bloomington prior to this weekend.

But as Assembly Hall filled up to capacity 90 minutes before the scheduled start time of Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday, Anya knew something special was about to happen on Branch McCracken Court.

Intro videos played. Fireworks sounded off. The players, led by Anya’s friend and former classmate at DeMatha, Victor Oladipo, danced for close to five minutes. And nearly 17,500 fans screamed at a fever pitch as the nation’s preseason No. 1 team took the floor for the first time this fall.

It was an atmosphere that didn’t go unnoticed by one of the nation’s top centers in the class of 2013.

“That was great. It was great support of the basketball team,” Anya told Inside the Hall on Tuesday night. “The Indiana fan base is really great and they showed how much they love their basketball.”

The fans also showed how familiar they already are with Anya, who has been a recruiting target for the Hoosiers for more than a year and a half now.

Just prior to the start of Hysteria, Anya walked across the floor with assistant coach Kenny Johnson and Assembly Hall erupted with chants of “Bee-Jay An-ya,” which drew a smile from the 6-foot-8 center.

It was just one of many times he was recognized around campus over the weekend.

“Everywhere I went, people knew who I was. That was a good feeling,” he said. “It was surprising to see how packed it was. That was so new to me being from the city and what not. I wasn’t expecting anything like that.”

Accompanying Anya on the trip was his mother, Oby, who like her son, came away impressed with what Indiana has to offer.

“She loved it,” Anya said. “It was our first visit so we still have to sit down and talk about it, but she loved it.”

The Indiana visit was the first official trip for Anya, who has also visited Pittsburgh and North Carolina State unofficially this fall. Syracuse could also get a visit later this fall.

He’ll make a return trip to Raleigh for an official visit this weekend, but said right now it’s too early to say whether or not his stop in Bloomington moved the Hoosiers to the top of his list.

“I thought it went great,” he said. “It was only my first (official) visit so it’s hard to compare, but it was really fun to be there for Hoosier Hysteria and seeing all the fans out.”

  • Geoff_85

    On the surface I would agree, but more important than any of that is what happens on the visit. You can’t tell me that the last visit is more important if it’s just like any other visit if the first visit was incredible.

  • Geoff_85

    Be careful…Coach Crean received 3% of that cbs poll of coaches who called out who they thought were dirty. Of course Scott Drew received 34% of that vote lol, but you just never know who disgruntled coaches will call out.

  • twarrior87

    While I do agree only one of Anya or Meeks… how can you say they are the same type of player??? Anya uses his body, muscles around the basket, blocks shots, and dunks. Meeks has better offensive moves, soft hands, and a nice shot… if you watch video of these two guys play they definitely don’t have the same type of game.
    I agree with everything else you say though… I want Anya and Vonleh… I think those are the two we have the best chance of getting at this point based on what I know (which isn’t much).

  • ScoopGeoff
  • IUMIKE1

    With it being only 3% I’m gonna go out on a limb on say

    1% = Jealous

    1% = Based on something they heard rather than first hand knowledge

    1% = Every Div 1 coach fells like they work hard when it comes to recruiting. Even with having said that I still think that there is enough of them out there to make up 1% that just don’t understand how much more relentless & persuasive he is and can be than they are. And before someone says that that is what the pUKe fans say about Calislimy, all I have to say about that is, apples & oranges baby, apples & oranges.

  • IUMIKE1

    With it being only 3% I’m gonna go out on a limb on say

    1% = Jealous

    1% = Based on something they heard rather than first hand knowledge

    1% = Every Div 1 coach fells like they work hard when it comes to recruiting. Even with having said that I still think that there is enough of them out there to make up 1% that just don’t understand how much more relentless & persuasive he is and can be than they are. And before someone says that that is what the pUKe fans say about Calislimy, all I have to say about that is, apples & oranges baby, apples & oranges.

  • Mel Piepho

    You’re right. I was just thinking that Anya and Meeks have the same body type; both take up a lot of space under the basket and each may have trouble keeping up in a fast pace game. Hopefully one of them will sign up and get in good condition. I think Anya is listed as a power forward on ESPN(?). If he wants to be a power forward, then IU would be a good choice for him since we already have Jurkin and Fischer for center. Not many shools can say that. Also, I noticed on one of the recruiting sites (ESPN, etc.) that Meeks is ranked 18th in the nation.

  • Hoosierfan88

    I will agree with that 100%. If all things were equal i would go with the positions I stated. However, when you have the tradition of IU, a beautiful campus, top notch facilities, gorgeous women, and a rabid fan base, all things are most definitely NOT equal :)

  • Geoff_85

    Yeah, the coach from pUKe received 36% of the vote. That was much more substantiated lol.

  • marcusgresham

    I know that’s the official listing; I just think it’s an exaggeration. I think he’s closer to 6’3 than 6’5.

  • dtfreed

    I don’t think deciding past the start of your senior season in High School is rushing ones decision. Take your visits and make a decision.

  • ScoopGeoff

    I bet he’s 6’4.5″ with shoes on…

  • marcusgresham

    I’ve stood next to him the last two years and I don’t. I did think he looked an inch or so taller this year, but last year I thought he was closer to 6’2″.

  • ScoopGeoff

    That’s interesting… I wonder how much he’ll lose when he gets measured at the combine.,.

  • ScoopGeoff

    That’s interesting… I wonder how much he’ll lose when he gets measured at the combine.,.

  • http://twitter.com/hoosiersmitty HoosierSmitty

    It’s always good to have a big kid like this on your roster. Hope we can find room for him in the 2013 class.

  • Steve Alford’s Hair Cut

    Does anyone know why we rescinded the scholarship?

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