It was quite a crowd at Verizon Center to see the Abe Pollin City Title game on Monday night, with roughly a dozen college coaches in attendance to see fourth-ranked DeMatha’s 52-50 victory over 17th-ranked Theodore Roosevelt.
While DeMatha juniors James Robinson and Jerami Grant were the main attraction for most recruiters - both already have several scholarship offers - it was sophomore center BeeJay Anya who again showed why he is quickly becoming one of the nation’s most sought-after players in the class of 2013.
Anya was terrific early, controlling the paint at both ends of the court. On offense, the Stags continually tried to have Georgetown recruit Mikael Hopkins pass from the high post to Anya down low. Defensively, the 6-foot-8, 290-pound Anya was a force, blocking and altering several shots. Anya recently was named to the United States under-16 national team.
Among colleges represented were Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, George Mason, Xavier, Temple and St. John’s. Ohio State assistant coach Dave Dickerson , the former Maryland player and longtime assistant coach, also was there.
”Everybody loves BeeJay,” DeMatha Coach Mike Jones said. “He’s kind of gone from everybody on the east coast knowing him to everybody knowing him. Before, midwest and west coast [coaches] maybe had heard about him, but now many have seen him and he’s got a ton of buzz around him right now.”
Here’s an interview with Anya last month, where he talks about the schools that are recruiting him: