BeeJay Anya to visit Indiana for Hoosier Hysteria

  • 09/11/2012 9:38 pm in

Hoosier Hysteria was already shaping up as a big recruiting weekend in Bloomington.

It’s now even bigger as 2013 DeMatha (MD) center BeeJay Anya will take his official visit for the weekend of Hysteria on October 19-21.

Paul Biancardi of first reported the visit.

Stanford Robinson, a 2013 commit and AAU teammate of Anya, is also expected to take his official visit the same weekend.

According to Biancardi, who posted a lengthy update on Anya’s progress this fall over at ESPN Insider, Anya will also take official visits to Louisville, Ohio State and North Carolina State and an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh.

Anya told Inside the Hall at the Peach Jam in July that both he and his family are close with Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson, who was hired in early May.

He also spoke about the strength and conditioning program at IU, led by Je’Ney Jackson, being a big part of IU’s recruiting pitch.

“They just say how I can be special if I was to go there,” Anya said. “They say how much better I could get working with their coaches and strength and conditioning people and how much bigger and stronger I could get.”

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  • Jake

    There are some rumblings that Marcus Lee cut his list to 3 and IU didn’t make the cut, but wouldn’t he make the visit to IU before he cuts them out?

  • Pritch24

    Makes sense the way everything with Beejay Anya is going. We’re the last one he will visit (good sign), he’ll be here for Hoosier Hysteria where there will hopefully be a couple of “Bee-Jay-An-Ya!” chants (good sign) and Stan Robinson will be in his ear all weekend (good sign.) Not to mention that it’s got to be hard for someone to turn down Indiana for Lville and Ohio State after spending a weekend on Kirkwood with the rest of the basketball team. (good sign.) I’m liking our chances so far. (knock on wood.)

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Looks as though we’re all in on Anya. Still feel he’s a nice complement to Fischer. Hoosier Hysteria will be live, we the fans will make sure of that. With Stan in his ear all weekend, and the excitement and anticipation of beginning a season as the number one team culminating in one night in a historic venue like Assembly, I think Anya will be thoroughly impressed.

    Let’s lock up an elite talent and move on to 2014.

  • inLinE6

    I was wondering the same thing. What made him quickly cut the final list? He hasn’t visited any of the midwest schools yet.

  • He visited Louisville this past weekend.

  • superhoops

    Anya can stay home. Bring Meeks in instead. Not an Anya fan at all and he will be a bust and waste of a scholarship.

  • Pritch24

    Sure hope he doesn’t read this. I hope he knows that this does not at all reflect the overall opinion of the IU fan base. We would love to have an INCREDIBLE post-defender in an age when those are so far to come by. Look at how Anthony Davis made pUKe’s defense so great merely by protecting the basket. Kansas barely went in the paint at all in the title game.

  • 4IU

    He is looking for a coach who has a good history developing big men and a team with a good point guard. IU is right up his alley. I’m really liking our chances with him. I like the kid, how he is developing and they way he handles himself. Seems like a nice solid recruit and student.

  • MillaRed

    I think BeeJay’s influence would be the closest thing we’ve had since Cody in terms of Final Four aspirations. Without him it will not be easy. And with him probably his sophomore year anyway. Really crossing my fingers on this kid.

  • marcusgresham

    With the physique this kid already has, Je’Ney Jackson could turn him into Karl Malone. Coach Crean could help him play like Karl.
    Somebody get Yogi some short shorts for that pick & roll.

  • Geoff_85

    How awesome would it be to have Anya complement Jurkin defensively in the middle after the departure of Cody Zeller? Not to mention, once this kid gets some conditioning we may see A LOT of lobs from Yogi to Anya in transition.He does need the conditioning though. This is great news as it appears Indiana is the favorite to get him! Does anyone know where other schools feel like they are with Beejay?

  • SCHoosier

    Agree with this assessment. Our best bet is with Anya..altho I don’t think its a lock..let’s face it..with UK’s rep, style and track record of getting guys into the pro’s..they are going to get just about anyone they go after. I think Lee will end up there. Glad Robinson is going to be there that weekend. Any idea when Beejay visiting those other schools..would love to see him commit during his IU visit. Need this one.

  • HoosierTrav

    Get Anya and be done with the class of 2013. We need to really hit Vonleh and other studs from 2014 HARD!

  • It’s always free. Typically they ask for a canned good as a donation.

  • Hope he spends some time with Yogi at the gym. That is all it should take. Like a good receiver and quaterback combination. Yogi and BeeJay….and the perimeter shooting and slashers – he will flourish here and I think he will see that….CTC needs this one.

  • HoosierTrav

    Thats hilarious!

  • HoosierTrav

    If we land this kid, we will be the best defensive team in the country. I cant think of a frontcourt with as much versatility as this group would posses. Oh you’re throwing a big bodied Derrick Nix at us? Meet Mr. Anya! Oh your big guy is great at beating his man to the bucket? Meet Mr. Perea! If you’re not too fond of him, I highly doubt you’ll enjoy Mr. Jurkin! He’s a real Jurk-in (pun intended) the paint! Oh you’re having trouble defending the post? Meet the ever so savvy in the paint Mr. Fischer! He’ll help you put an actual value on what your deficiency is costing you (of course this value wont be in US Dollars or the Euro, but in points on the scoreboard!) Which reminds me, YOU LOSE! #HOOSIERS

  • HoosierPat

    I highly recommend getting there early. Last year the line stretched around Cook Hall.

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  • Hoosier4life67

    I really hope Anya picks IU. Its a great fit for him and I beleive Crean is the best coach to get him ready for the NBA.

  • Hoosier are you talking about Cal Berkeley or Cal the Kentucky Coach? Cal Berkeley is the best public university in the world, and Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson Now Mayor of Sacramento and a possible Gov Candidate in Cal, Ryan Anderson and a bunch of others made it to the pros.

    On the other hand you seem to also be discussing Kentucky’s Coach who cares nothing about education.

  • HoosierTrav

    I believe he will be attending California. It’s purely speculation but he seems to have a strong interest in staying home. He holds an offer from California and not from UK. UK, in my opinion is stringing Lee along as a contingency, if in fact they do miss out on Randle, Gordon, and some others. I should have been more clear in who I was referencing. My bad!

  • Mel Piepho

    What gets me is that since IU beat UK last year, we have gotten only 2 new recruits (Luke and Stanford), but have lost one (Trey). It seems as if IU should have been able to do better, but for some reason recruits haven’t been coming easy. In fact, Luke committed after the OSU game, so only Stan has signed up since then, and much of that is due to the new assistant coach, I believe. Is there something that we are missing here, or is there something that the coaches are missing? Maybe it’s the higher caliber of targeted recruits, who have lots of choices. Does anyone know if Trey is coming to HH on the 20th? He was originally coming, along with Blackmon and Lyle.

  • marcusgresham

    There are less spots available though.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t know that anyone camps out, but if your get there a couple of hours early you’ll be fine. You want to get there early and take a stroll through Cook Hall anyway if you’ve never been in there.