Like many college big men, N.C. State Wolfpack junior BeeJay Anya has struggled with his weight. During the offseason, the 6-foot-9 post player allegedly weighed 320 pounds. Per CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, however, Anya has dropped a great deal of weight and is now at 284 pounds.
Anya’s weight has been a constant struggle for him, as he weighed as much as 349 pounds during his college career and played last season at 295, averaging 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The fact that he is working this hard to improve his conditioning and commit to making a change in his life will only spell good things for the Wolfpack going forward, not to mention himself. N.C. State is an underrated ACC squad who made the Sweet Sixteen as a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament last spring, and could surely improve in 2015-16 if Anya is in top shape.
A Fox Sports report from last year went into greater detail on Anya’s struggle:
That’s been Anya’s struggle. His weight yo-yoed up and down for much of his final two years of high school, and he was listed at 275 as a senior. Then he reported to Raleigh in the summer of 2013 at 337 pounds, somehow. They started him with a nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach Bob Alejo right away. Somehow, he gained weight before the start of the season, exasperating his head coach Mark Gottfried.
He was able to drop about 20 pounds before the start of last season, but the weight gain-loss-gain-loss-gain roller-coaster continued, seemingly never-ending. He averaged 11.8 minutes a game and scored 2.1 points, adding 1.4 blocks and 2.1 rebounds, but he ended the season back to where he had been before it started, weight-wise.
N.C. State opens the season against the CAA’s William & Mary Tribe on November 13.
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