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BeeJay Anya: The Enforcer

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Last night BeeJay was outstanding as he played with an edge for 32 minutes. He was the main reason why the Wolfpack was able to hold UNC to an all-time low score at the Dean E. Smith Center. It was obvious that Anya enjoys the challenge of playing against Kennedy Meeks, these two players will always be compared to each other as they are similar in size as well as products of the 2013 recruiting class. These two giants clashed last night and while Meeks out scored and out rebounded Anya, BeeJay found a way to make enough plays to seal the deal for the Pack. A key statistic for BeeJay last night was his ability to defend without fouling as he did an excellent job of moving his feet and going straight up to challenge UNC, as they attacked the paint. There were a couple of blocks that Anya displayed amazing body control to avoid getting called for a foul. At the end of the night Anya finished the game with 6 blocks and 6 rebounds.

Going forward State needs Anya to play up to his potential. He must stay locked in and not commit any dumb fouls. His presence is required for the Wolfpack to make a run in the NCAA. The reason Anya is so important is because he affects the game both physically and mentally. When an opposing guard tries to turn the corner and they see BeeJay they immediately must think twice about trying to get all the way to the rim. This hesitation allows for the original defender to recover which in return allows our defense to stay solid and protect the opposite side kick-out three. Even though BeeJay hasn’t yet developed a low post game offensively; more than makes up for his offensive limitations on the other end. Physically Anya is a giant as he stands 6 feet 9 inches tall and weighs roughly 275 pounds. When you factor in a wingspan of 7-9 and a reach of 9-3 you can start to understand why he is capable of blocking so many shots.

Another important aspect BeeJay brings to the Pack is his ability to absorb contact and stand his ground. Opposing big men rarely catch the ball at their preferred position on the block and that is due to Anya’s ability to move players without using his hands. This is why UNC big man Brice Johnson was unable to have an impact last night. Johnson is long but could not gather any ground as he played off balance the entire evening. Let’s hope BeeJay can continue to anchor our defense, if he continues to play at a high level then the Wolfpack will be a tough out for any team they face.

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

Wolfer96 Is it true that the conference will make more money the more teams that we have in the NCAA tourney?  I hate to say it, but the game appeared to be fix in favor of the Pack.  Just an opinion, no whining.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

Wolfer96 PackInsider Staff I also think that having half of the old big east in our conference now makes a difference.  It’s not just Puke and the Holes anymore.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

shaverlb73 Wolfer96 We need to get Stone and Newman.  Gott needs to offer Stone a scholarship and see if both will come here together.  Newman has made it public that he wants to play with Stone in college.  Give it a try Gott.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
9 years ago

PackInsider Staff Wolfer96 Proof positive is when King Karl gets suspended and other refs at an NC State game have KH written on their shoes. I don’t need to see more than that to know there was bias. These ACC refs made it personal and could not be relied upon to be impartial. I still cringe every time I think about the ACC tourney a few years ago when the same block/charge call went for unc and against State costing us the game. That’s 2 possessions in a tight game so YES bad calls can determine the outcome of a close… Read more »

PackInsider Staff
9 years ago

Wolfer96 Yes huge difference. We will have an article on reffing at some point here when it’s relevant. Not sure if it was Karl Hess’ firing (making refs realize they’re not invincible) or just an overall sweeping change). I’m not sure, but it’s different.  I think there is a lot less bias and a lot less put on tendencies. This means Duke and UNC are getting reffed like every other team in the league. If you have paid attention in the past the difference bw UNC and Duke and the rest of the ACC were their huge, game changing runs.… Read more »

shaverlb73
shaverlb73
9 years ago

Wolfer96   Once Kyle gets it all together, he will be a nightmare for other teams to guard, which will make us even better.

shaverlb73
shaverlb73
9 years ago

Wolfer96 I noticed that too.  I’m so used to seeing someone drive in, not score, and the whistle blow, that it took me awhile to adjust to us making defensive stops.  If Duke’s Okafur is going to be allowed to aggressively back his defender under the goal every time (like he did to Meeks) for an easy shot, then the defense should be allowed some freedom of their own to protect the rim.  I’m all for it.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
9 years ago

Does anyone else notice the difference is refereeing this season? Particularly the 2nd half of the season. The ACC is much more physical than years past. Like last night for instance, unc got away with tons of holding, hand checking, and bumping. But it was on both sides. Anya on several occasions brought his arms down on a block instead of having his arms straight up and did not get called for a foul. In seasons past, those would have been whistled every time. We also body checked several unc players as they drove to the basket and no whistle.… Read more »

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NC State’s DJ Horne Named to Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament Team

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NC State’s DJ Horne played in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this weekend, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team.

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In 3 games, Horne averaged 14.3 points, shooting 41.5% from the field, and 30% from three.

Horne’s Portsmouth Partnership team made it to the finals, but lost to Jani-King 68-75.

The Portsmouth Invitational is an annual pre-draft camp that has been showcasing College Seniors to professional scouts since 1953.

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NC State Has Shown Interest in Utah Guard Transfer Deivon Smith

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NC State has reached out to Utah Transfer Guard Deivon Smith (6’0″/173).

Smith filled up the stat sheet every game this year, averaging 13.3 points, 7.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds, shooting 46.7% from the field and 40.8% from three for Utah. He earned All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention this season. Smith had 8 double-doubles and 1 triple-double this year.

Wherever Smith lands, this will be his 4th college. He started at Mississippi St., starting in 8 of the 33 games he played in, averaging 22.5 minutes per game. Smith went on to spend his next two seasons at Georgia Tech. Year 1 in Atlanta, Smith started in 5 of the 24 games he played in, averaging 19.7 minutes per game. In Year 2, he carved out more of a role, starting in 13 of the 24 games he played in for the Yellow Jackets, averaging a career high 24.8 minutes per game.

At Utah this year, Smith broke out and had a career year in every possible way.

NC State is familiar with Smith, offering him back when he was a 4-Star prospect out of Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. Rivals ranked Smith as the #53 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class. ESPN ranked him as the #5 player in the state of Georgia. 247Sports ranked him as the #11 Point Guard in his class.

 

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NC State has Dominated UNC in Athletics in 2023-24

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After NC State clinched a series victory over UNC last night in Baseball, I thought it would be a good time to relish in how the Wolfpack has dominated the Tar Heels Athletic Program as a whole in 2023-24.

The Wolfpack Baseball team has won the first two games in the series against the Tar Heels, clinching a series victory over UNC for the first time since 2021. It marks the first time NC State has won a series against the Tar Heels in Raleigh since 2016.

NC State defeated UNC in Volleyball 3-1, winning in Chapel Hill for the first time in 25 years. The Tar Heels had won the last 5 matches against the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels 39-20 in Football in Carter-Finley Stadium. It marked the 3rd consecutive win over UNC.

NC State lost both regular season games to UNC in Men’s Basketball, but when it mattered most, the Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels in the ACC Championship Game 84-76, winning their first title since 1987.

The Wolfpack Women’s Basketball team lost to their rival in Chapel Hill, but defeated UNC 63-59 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 5 of the last 7 against UNC.

In Gymnastics, NC State defeated UNC 196.725-194.925 in Raleigh. This marked the 3rd straight victory for the Wolfpack over the Tar Heels.

NC State’s Men & Women’s Swimming & Diving teams both beat UNC. The Men won 258-93, and the Women won 196-157.

The Wolfpack Wrestling team defeated UNC 33-6 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 11 straight Duals against the Tar Heels.

The NC State Men’s Tennis team defeated UNC 4-0, winning against their rival in back-to-back years.

The Wolfpack Women’s Tennis team has defeated the Tar Heels 4-3 on two occasions thus far this season, and will face their rival again today.

The Cross Country teams didn’t have individual meets against UNC, but the Women obviously beat them, because they won the ACC Championship. The Men didn’t, finishing 8th in the Conference, with the Tar Heels finishing 1st.

The only other NC State athletic team that didn’t taste victory against UNC this year was the Women’s Soccer team, losing 0-4 in Raleigh.

Of course, each of these NC State athletic teams has much higher goals than just beating their rival, but there’s no denying how sweet it is to beat the Tar Heels.

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Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James is Currently Visiting NC State

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Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James (6’5″/200) is on a visit to NC State currently, according to a source.

Indiana State Transfer Ryan Conwell was on campus last week, but he just committed to Xavier.

From what I hear, the staff preferred James over Connell anyway. A plus with James is he has 2 years of eligibility, whereas Conwell has 1.

News broke about James entering the Transfer Portal back on March 25th, and NC State was quick to reach out. Kevin Keatts and his staff recruited the former 4-star prospect out of high school heavily, but he ultimately chose the Cardinals.

Rivals ranked James as the #71 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, and ESPN ranked him as the #7 prospect in the state of Florida.

After redshirting his first year in Louisville due to torn achilles, James has been a starter for the Cardinals the past two years. This year, he averaged 12.6 points and 5 rebounds.

For a more extensive look at James’ game, click here.

Rivals ranks James as the #77 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

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