UCLA Recruiting 2013 Center BeeJay Anya
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UConnBall.com's Joey Natale talks to 2013 center BeeJay Anya to break down his recruitment. Anya, a 6'8, 260lb post player from Dematha Catholic High School, is one of the most highly rated big men in the 2013 class.
Joey Natale: How did your AAU season go this summer?
BeeJay Anya: The summer went well. I feel like I did well. We (Team Takeover) came out strong but didn’t finish strong.
Natale: What are you looking forward to this high school season?
Anya: I definitely want to win a championship. I’m looking forward to playing with my teammates again. Just getting back and playing basketball.
Natale: What schools are recruiting you right now?
Anya: There are a lot of schools. Memphis, Syracuse, Kansas, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Georgetown, Indiana, North Carolina, Duke, UConn, Rutgers, St. John’s, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Arizona, Alabama and Ohio State.
Natale: Who are you talking to at UConn and what are they telling you?
Anya: I spoke to an assistant coach and I’ve spoken to coach Calhoun as well. I've met him in person too.
Natale: What about Syracuse?
Anya: Coach Autry. He just tells me I’ll be a great fit. And they’re recruiting my teammate Jerami Grant (2012) really hard; he just did an in home with them. We could play together again and have great chemistry.
Anya: I spoke to an assistant coach there. They watched me a lot and they really like my game.
Natale: North Carolina?
Anya: I talked to Roy Williams once and another assistant coach. They’re going to be at my school Monday.
Natale: Do you have any visits planned?
Anya: No not right now.
Natale: Are there any leaders for you right now?
Anya: None right now. All the schools are the same, some of the schools that are recruiting my teammates. My teammate James Robison is committed to Pittsburgh and I’m interested in them too.
Natale: What are you trying to improve about your game?
Anya: I want to get in better shape and improve on my mid range jumper and speed. And I need to work on my ball handling skills as well.
Natale: What are some things you like to do off the court?
Anya: Just stuff like hanging with my friends and family. And playing video games too.
Natale: Who’s your favorite NBA player?
Anya: Its between Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. But I play like Dwight Howard.