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BeeJay Anya's stock continues to rise

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Things are only getting better for BeeJay Anya.

The 6-foot-9, 280-pound junior center finished up a strong run with Team Takeover this summer and saw his stock continue to climb with each outing.

Flanked by DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) teammates Jerami Grant and James Robinson (a commit to Pittsburgh), Anya thrived in a comfortable environment where playing team basketball is the norm.

"I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to play with Jerami and James all the time," Anya said. "They are leaders on the floor and they do everything they can to get everyone involved in the game."

And their influence on him is showing on the court as the rising junior continues to improve his game.

"I definitely wanted to spend this time learning how to be a better post player and working on ways to make a difference on both ends of the floor," Anya added.

Anya's improvement has been there for the nation's top college coaches to see and Team Takeover had a summer winning streak that lasted through mid-July.

"Beejay has shown a lot of improvement and he's continuing to get better with each tournament," Takeover coach Keith Stevens said. "There are things that he's going to get better at with time and experiences but you can see the potential there."

On the recruiting end, Anya isn't a stranger to the attention. He has offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Georgetown, Texas, St. John's, UCLA and several other programs.

He said that Indiana, Virginia and Syracuse are among the most active with his recruitment and while he isn't looking to follow his senior teammates to one of their respective schools, he wouldn't mind continuing to play with either Grant or Robinson or one of his other former DeMatha teammates.

"That's definitely something to think about because I consider these guys to be like family," Anya added. "One of my former teammates, Victor Oladipo, is at Indiana and he talks to me about the process a lot.

"Not just playing at Indiana but playing anywhere and trying to find the best fit for me as a program and as a school."

Anya said that he wants a school with strong academics and a program that understands how to utilize their big men and have shown the ability to run their offense through their post players.

"I definitely want to be around a coaching system that will best suit the game I want to play," Anya said. "And I want to be in a place that will help me get stronger and stay in condition to improve.

"It's going to be a big decision and each coach is telling me how much they can do to make me a big-time player."

Conditioning will be a big part of Anya's future development. He played much of the summer around 280 pounds but said the plan is to drop weight over the fall and get under 270 pounds.

"I'm working on it," Anya added.

He said his recruitment is currently wide open.

"I am looking at all the schools about the same right now, I don't think I'm going to cut my list anytime soon," Anya said. "I might check out a few campuses and continue to talk to other teammates past and present to get more information."

Stevens thinks that the future is bright for the big man.

"He's going to continue to work hard and work on his conditioning and I think he's going to just get better," Stevens said. "We're seeing it here on the floor, his teammates see and everyone is going to see it."

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.