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Posted at 2:01 PM ET, 02/16/2011

DeMatha C BeeJay Anya is bursting onto the scene

By Josh Barr

When BeeJay Anya arrived at DeMatha, he was 6 feet 6 ½ and weighed 300 pounds. Bigger than most opponents, but with plenty of baby fat.

Now a sophomore, Anya has quickly developed into one of the Washington area's top players. He has overhauled his physique, dropping 30 pounds, adding some muscle and growing to 6-9.

Gone are trips to McDonald's and Burger King, replaced by plenty of trips to the salad bar.

"I feel lighter," Anya said. "A little more quicker."

The difference is easy to spot on the court, as Anya impacts play at both ends. This past Sunday against fourth-ranked Gonzaga, he had seven points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots. In Tuesday's 51-48 overtime victory against eighth-ranked Paul VI Catholic, Anya had just two points but added 13 rebounds and five blocks.

He holds scholarship offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, St. John's and Texas, and said he is especially interested in the Hoyas, Terrapins and Longhorns.

"Texas, they're very good with their big men, so is Georgetown, which is known for their big men," Anya said. "And Maryland, I see what they've done with Jordan Williams. He's a very good player. They said I can be somewhat like him, hopefully."

"Every time [college coaches] have seen him, they've seen improvement," DeMatha Coach Mike Jones said. "If you talk to any of those college guys, their big thing is how much better he has gotten each time [they see him]. If he gets half that much better each time they see him [in the future], he's going to be really good. He's really good now. He's going to be even better."


By Josh Barr  | February 16, 2011; 2:01 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball, BeeJay Anya, DeMatha, Georgetown, Maryland, St. John's, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia  
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