BeeJay Anya is of a kind with Kennedy Meeks of North Carolina. Both are mobile and 6-9. Both were limited as freshmen by obviously excessive weight, causing them to play in brief spurts.
Forsaking late-night pizza and other snacks, and embracing the workouts prescribed by their teams' training staffs, both came back leaner this season. Not exactly lean, mind you. Meeks dropped around 50 pounds and is listed at 270. Anya lost 65 pounds but still weighs more, around 295.
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Another difference: Meeks was a McDonald's All-American and is the more skilled offensive player. Against Davidson the other day in Charlotte, his hometown, Meeks started and contributed handsomely: 19 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals in 31 minutes.
But Anya, a graduate of DeMatha's basketball-rich program, is a force around the boards. The quick leaper proved that against Jacksonville at the RBC Center. In 25 minutes coming off the bench he had eight rebounds and, more strikingly, a school-record 10 blocked shots.
That wasn't an ACC mark - three players previously blocked 13 shots each at Boston College and Miami. But, since blocks were universally tracked in 1976, 10 rejections are good enough to match the top marks at Clemson, Duke and UNC and to exceed those at Florida State and Virginia Tech.
School-Record Blocked Shots, Single Game As ACC Member
(One Season Members Not Included)
|Boston College||13||Sean Williams||12-06|
|Clemson||10||Tree Rollins||12-75, 12-76, 2-77|
|Sharone Wright||12-92, 1-93|
|Florida State||9||Andre Reid||12-93|
|Georgia Tech||11||Alvin Jones||11-97|
|North Carolina||10||Brendan Haywood||12-00|
|N.C. State||10||BeeJay Anya||11-14|
|Virginia Tech||6||Coleman Collins||2-07|
|Joey van Zegeren||1-14|
|Wake Forest||11||Ty Walker||11-10|