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November 16, 2012
BeeJay Anya makes three
NC State's recruiting success continued with a verbal commitment of Rivals.com No. 49-ranked overall player BeeJay Anya of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic on Friday night.
The Gaithersburg, Md., native officially visited NC State on Oct. 26-28 and joins a potential top 10 class with No. 11-ranked Anthony Barber, a point guard from Hampton (Va.) High and No. 99-ranked Kyle Washington, a post player from Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy.
The 6-foot-8, 270-pound Anya is the fifth best center in the class of 2013 according to Rivals.com recruiting analyst Eric Bossi, and he picked NC State over Indiana, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. NCSU was his second official visit, while he checked out Indiana on Oct. 19-21. He also unofficially visited NC State on Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
NC State, Indiana, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Kansas, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Rutgers, Memphis, UCLA, Arizona, Notre Dame, Seton Hall and DePaul, are some of the colleges that pursued the Team Takeover traveling team standout at various points over the last year.
Anya is the third senior to pick NC State this fall, and the Wolfpack also have verbal commitments from Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County High junior twin brothers Caleb Martin and Cody Martin, who picked the Wolfpack on Oct. 10.
NC State will take aim at a top five class nationally with potential targets that include power forward Julius Randle of Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian. Randle will officially visit NC State on Jan. 25-27.
Anya said following his official visit that he knew NC State would be a great place for him.
"I think I'll fit in well," said Anya, following his official visit. "The offense fits my style of play because I can duck in or hit the high post and knock it down. I can do isolation from the high post and also from the short corner. It fits my game well."
NC State coach Mark Gottfried and assistant coach Rob Moxley have been recruiting Anya since the Wolfpack hired them in April 2011.
"Coach Gottfried said I'm the missing piece for a national championship run," Anya said. "It was exciting to hear that. Looking at the team, they look like they will do well. Hearing him say that helped me give them a better look on things."
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