With Richard Howell and CJ Leslie likely to be gone from the frontcourt next season, NC State is in need of a big man who can fill those gigantic shoes. Luckily for them, they just received a commitment from 2013 bigman Beejay Anya (6’8, 270lbs).
Anya sports what many believe is the longest wingspan in the history of high school basketball. His remarkable 7’9 wingspan helps him rebound, score and defend better than most big men in his class. He’s not going to wow you athletically, but he will definitely help fill the void that Howell will leave.
BeeJay Anya picked N.C. State today. They were the only school on his list.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) November 17, 2012
Here’s a quick blurb from ESPN:
Anya’s choice of the Wolfpack came as little surprise by the time he officially announced Friday night. He had narrowed his list to NC State and Indiana, but when the Hoosiers picked up a commitment last weekend from ESPN 100 power forward Noah Vonleh, Anya’s decision was simple.
The Gaithersburg, Md., native moves NC State to No. 9 in the class rankings, joining fellow ESPN 100 prospects Anthony Barber and Kyle Washington as Pack pledges.
The No. 3 center in the 2013 class, Anya is a 6-9, 275-pound post presence who plays his high school ball for famed DeMatha, which annually produces Division I players. He’ll join several former DeMatha players expected to play in the ACC next year, including Quinn Cook at Duke, James Robinson at Pittsburgh, Jerian Grant at Notre Dame and Jerami Grant at Syracuse.