There's no question about it, Beejay Anya is still a work in progress. But, he's a work in progress with high upside who has been making strides.
Ranked No. 47 in the class of 2013, the four-star center at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha is also in the midst of college visits and is working towards a decision.
Over the weekend, Anya was on the campus of Indiana and this week he'll check out N.C. State while Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Ohio State remain in play. He doesn't have any favorites but his coach Mike Jones says that he's learning throughout the process.
"I know that he's learned that you can help yourself tremendously by getting all the information," Jones told Rivals.com. "He's had favorites throughout the process because of his info at the time but he's really grown up in the process.
"He's had to find out a lot of information on his own and his own. He'll start looking at school A and will really like them. Then school B comes along and he likes them better and then school C comes through and it's like oh my goodness so he's learned to look at them."
The biggest thing Anya has done is dig deeper past the initial impression a school makes.
"He's not easily wowed anymore," said Jones. "He understands that he kind of has to see what everybody has to offer and then he can do some decision making."
A big kid with length that allows him to play much bigger than his 6-foot-8 size, Anya is tough to get a read on at times. He's been a bit inconsistent with his play but has proven that he can be dedicated by the work that he's done to get his body right. But, he's still adjusting.
"The one thing about him that is clear is that his best basketball is ahead of him," said Jones. "He's demonstrated from the weight loss and his drastic offensive improvement that when he does get something that he's focusing on he can accomplish it.
"He's going to be a handful and I can't wait to be a Beejay Anya fan and just sit and watch his development. He's just adjusting to his body and realizing what he can do and can't do with his body."
In theory, Anya would like to get a decision out of the way by the early signing period. But, there is no favorite and no set target date for making a decision.
"He and his family don't know," said Jones. "I'd be remiss if I said he is definitely going to sign early and I'd be remiss if I said he's definitely going to decide late.
"He's going to decide whenever they are ready and feel like he's got a place to go that they feel comfortable with."
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