Beejay Anya Talks Recruiting

At 6-foot-8 with a 7-9 wingspan, Beejay Anya is one of the most recruited big men in the Class of 2013.

“I have offers from Syracuse, Texas, Kansas, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Indiana, Seton Hall, Maryland, Georgetown,” Anya, the No. 2 center in the class of 2013, told “There’s a whole lot of others. I can’t think off the top of my head. N.C. State is recruiting me as well.”

“I like all my schools so far and I think I’m just wide open.”

In general, Anya, out of Dematha Catholic, wants to play for a program where “they like using their big men a lot, schools that are known for using their big men a lot in the paint, or are willing to use their big men in the paint.”

“A school that does that will be a good school for me,” he added.

Syracuse is certainly an option since they have done well with big men and have Anya’s teammate, Jerami Grant, coming in in 2012.

“I know he can get me the ball as well, so I think that will work out in my benefit if I go there,” he said.

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Pitt Officially Signs 7-Footer Steven Adams

Pittsburgh has officially signed 7-footer Steven Adams, which is bad news for the Big East.

And maybe the ACC.

“We are extremely excited about Steven and James,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said, referring also to DeMatha Catholic guard James Robinson. “Both are good players from winning backgrounds and both have outstanding work ethic.”

Adams is a 7-foot, 240-pound center from New Zealand who has been rated as a consensus national top-10 recruit. This summer he led the adidas Nations Tournament in both scoring (22 ppg.) and rebounding (16.8 rpg.).  To read more of this story, click here

Jerami Grant Nearing Decision

Jerami Grant, the son of former NBA standout Harvey Grant and the Rivals No. 17 power forward in the Class of 2012, is getting close to deciding.

“I cut my list down to six schools,” the 6-foot-8 Grant said by phone from the Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Ore.

“N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Texas, Oklahoma, Rutgers and Syracuse.”

Grant tripped to Syracuse last week and said it went well.

“It was nice,” he said. “I definitely liked it. I got to see everything. I talked to all the coaches and [saw] how they felt about me. They said they were really looking at me. To read more of this story, click here

James Robinson Visiting Pitt (UPDATED)

James Robinson, the Rivals No. 8 point guard in the Class of 2012 out of DeMatha (Md.) Catholic, will visit Pittsburgh later this month and then expects to make a decision shortly thereafter.

“I’m visiting Pittsburgh on Aug. 20,” he said by phone from the Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Ore., where he’s playing with Team USA East.

Robinson posted 11 points and six assists as USA East beat Taiwan, 89-79, on Friday.

The 6-foot-3 Robinson is down to a Final 3 of of Pittsburgh,  Virginia and Notre Dame. (Miami was crossed off after the recent scandal.) To read more of this story, click here

DeMatha, Gonzaga Headed for Another Collision

The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoff bracket is out and — surprise, surprise — traditional powerhouses DeMatha and Gonzaga appear headed for another collision course. DeMatha (22-7, 14-4 WCAC) earned the top seed by virtue of a win on Monday over St. John’s and could meet No. 2 Gonzaga (22-6, 14-4) in next Monday’s championship at American University.

“It’s been a tough season,” DeMatha coach Mike Jones said Tuesday by phone. “There’s a lot of parity in the league. These playoffs will probably be the most dramatic that our league has seen in years.

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