There is no doubt that BeeJay Anya would be the perfect cherry on top of Tom Crean’s 2013 recruiting class. The 6’9” 275 lbs. center from DeMatha Catholic is a stud and a blue chip recruiting prospect. Anya is the top ranked center in the 2013 class and the 13th ranked prospect at all positions. He received a 91/100 scout grade from ESPN and a 5/5 star ranking. He has quickly shot to the top of Indiana’s priority list as the summer recruiting season really starts to heat up.
Obviously, with Anya’s size and talents, Tom Crean isn’t the only coach on his dance card. He has received formal offers from 14 schools including Florida, Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and UCLA. However, Indiana does have some interesting points of leverage in the BeeJay Sweepstakes. First is his relationship with Hoosier swingman, Victor Oladipo. The two played together at DeMatha Catholic in Maryland. When asked, Anya has described Oladipo as a brother figure and I’m sure Oladipo’s presence would make the move out to Bloomington much easier. Secondly, his teammate at Team Takeover, Stanford Robinson, has already committed to Indiana’s 2013 recruiting class, a class that now features Robinson, Luke Fischer, Collin Hartman, and Devin Davis. Stanford and BeeJay have developed some chemistry and it may help Indiana in the long-run if Anya is looking for some familiar faces.
Here’s his quote about the possibility of playing with Oladipo and 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.”
Inside The Hall’s Greg Rosenstein was on hand for Anya’s performance at the Nike Global Challenge in D.C. this past weekend and got the opportunity to hear BeeJay out on his current recruiting situation. When asked how IU plays into his future plans, he said this, “I’m very interested in them. I’m not sure, but I think I want to take an official visit there.” Although this may sound like a lukewarm comment, it shows some promise for the Hoosiers. Anya has five official visits this season and plans to use all of them. A visit to Bloomington could signify Indiana is in Anya’s top five.
When asked who his strongest pursuers are at this point in the process, Anya pointed immediately to Louisville, Kansas, Texas, Ohio State, and Indiana. Whether or not this is his top five, or the five schools which he intends to visit, remains to be determined. As you may have noticed, Anya is keeping a pretty good poker face throughout the process. He’s been very diplomatic in all his interviews, so it’s hard to say how close Indiana is to the top of his list. Expect to have a better understanding of his intentions by summer’s end, but he has given no timetable for a decision.