Men's Basketball Inks Three In Early Signing Period
Nov. 17, 2012
SAN JUAN, P.R. – NC State head coach Mark Gottfried announced on Saturday the signings of BeeJay Anya (Gaithersburg, Md.), Anthony Barber (Hampton, Va.) and Kyle Washington (Champlin, Minn.) to play for the Wolfpack, beginning with the 2013-14 season.
“The most important thing is we’ve filled the needs on our team,” Gottfried said. “We felt strongly we needed some interior players that can help us and we added a guard, that I think will be a very good player in our league as well. We’re excited about the guys that have chosen to join our program and we think they’re high-caliber players.”
For the second consecutive year, Gottfried has assembled a top 10 recruiting class, as the trio is ranked eighth by Scout.com and ninth nationally by ESPN.com. Last year’s class of Tyler Lewis, Rodney Purvis and T.J. Warren was ranked the No. 2 signing class by ESPN.
Here’s a look at the Wolfpack’s signing class:
Prep: Averaged 13.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 6.8 blocks per game as a junior at DeMatha Catholic High School … Member of the gold-medal winning USA Basketball U-17 team last summer … Averaged 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest for the U-17 squad … ESPN.com ranks him as the 32nd best high school prospect in the nation … Rivals.com rates him the fourth-best high school center and gave him a four-star rating … Scout.com rates Anya as the 45th-best prospect and the fifth-best center coming out of high school… Comes from a long line of Wolfpack recruits from DeMatha Cathloic, dating back to Kenny Carr and including Charles “Hawkeye” Whitney, Dereck Whittenburg, Sidney Lowe and, most recently, Jordan Collins.
Gottfried on BeeJay Anya
"We’re excited about BeeJay because he has a chance to be a great player. A lot of people talk about his wingspan length, which is amazing. He’s a big, strong, athletic guy that I think is very well coached. What I like about BeeJay too is that he wins. His high school team, his AAU team and he played with USA Basketball and they won (U17 championship). Everyone seems to win, those teams he plays on. So we’re excited about him."
Anthony "Cat" Barber
Hampton High School
Prep: The Virginia Group AAA Player of the Year … Guided Hampton High to the 2012 Virginia High School League state championship … Averaged 21.3 points per game as a junior for the Crabbers … Has scored 1,530 points during his prep career … Ranked 14th among ESPN.com’s top 100 prospects … Rivals.com and Scout.com both rate him as a five-star recruit and the No. 3 point guard in the nation … Both sites also tout Barber one of the nation’s top 20 players.
Gottfried on Anthony “Cat” Barber
"The first thing that jumps out with Cat is the fact they won the (Virginia) state championship last year. As the point guard and as the leader, you like it when their teams win and he understands winning. He’s an electric player with his speed and there’s not going to be many players in America that are faster than him. He has a chance to become a terrific player as well."
Brewster (N.H.) Academy
Prep: Playing this season at Brewster (N.H.) Academy … The same prep school freshman T.J. Warren attended last year … Played his junior season at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeview, Conn. … Averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks a game … Helped the Bearcats to 13-10 mark last season … Ranked 69th in the ESPN.com top 100 high school players … Scout and Rivals.com both rate him as a four-star prospect. Rivals.com has him listed as the 21st –best at that position. … Plays for the same school that produced current NC State freshman T.J. Warren, though the two did not play together.
Gottfried on Kyle Washington
"We’re really excited about Kyle’s upside and the improvement he’s made over the last year and half has been tremendous. I like his ability to score around the rim. He’s left-handed, he’s long and he’s very active. For a young player defensively, he communicates as well as anybody I’ve ever had. There are a lot of things about Kyle we’re excited about, but we think he has the chance to improve and become an even better player."