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Mark Gottfried adds to strong recruiting class with DeMatha center BeeJay Anya

Nov 17, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT

Mark Gottfried AP

Since taking over as the head coach at NC State, coach Mark Gottfried has made the Wolfpack a legitimate threat on the national recruiting scene.

It began last season with his three-man recruiting class, all three of whom were McDonald’s All-Americans, and continued in 2013 with the additions of Anthony “Cat” Barber and Kyle Washington.

On Friday, Gottfried secured another commitment, grabbing a pledge from 2013 DeMatha (D.C.) center BeeJay Anya.

Anya, a 6-9, 275-pound prospect who plays for the powerhouse Team Takeover DC AAU program, has dropped a significant amount of weight over the last two years, which has expanded his game, made him more mobile, and made him more of a threat on both ends of the floor.

The race for Anya’s commitment was considered to be relatively one-sided throughout and Gottfried now solidifies himself as a high-level recruiter in the ACC. He already has the Wolfpack in the nation’s Top-10 this season, and this string of successes on the recruiting trail could help to solidify that for at least the next few years.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. maynardstool - Nov 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Really?? One sided? He was considered a big lean to IU until his mother convinced him to stay closer to home. At that time IU pulled out to go all in on Noah Vonleh.

  2. tomtravis76 - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    I have seen this guy play a bunch and he is powerful downlow, but he plays when he wants to, when the ball isn’t going through him he is not aggressive and has tendencies to commit dumb fouls. But man when he is into the game, look out, he will make a nice little low post move and almost tear the rim down. He has the ability to dominate the glass when motivated. His mid range game is suspect, better yet non existent, his handle is one of a big man who is not asked to dribble much. He could be a guy with a solid international pro career post State.

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