All it takes is one look to see how BeeJay Anya has changed.
Anya started losing weight this past school year, redefining his physique as he shed fat and added muscle. The rising junior center at DeMatha, who stands 6 feet 9, now weighs 278 pounds – 30 pounds lighter than he did one year ago.
“Oh my gosh,” Stags Coach Mike Jones said, noting that he has spent part of the past week watching game video from last season and sees the change in Anya’s figure. “It’s like he’s a different person.”
Anya said that his weight loss is the result of working out daily and changing his diet. He said his travel-team coach, Keith Stevens of Team Takeover, weekly brings him a bag containing pre-made meals for each day of the week, with plenty of chicken, turkey and vegetables. He has cut out dessert and has not eaten fast food in more than a month.
“Everywhere I go, someone says, ‘You’re on a diet, you can’t eat that.’ ”
As for colleges, Anya says is wide open. The schools recruiting him hardest, he said, are Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Florida, Ohio State, UCLA, Texas and Kansas. All of those schools have offered scholarships.
“There are some more schools,” Anya said. “But I can’t think of them off [the top] of my head.”
Here is an interview with Anya from February: