Most importantly, "I'm not calling for a sub because I'm tired," he said. "I notice my stamina's better. I'm in the game a lot longer, especially close games, because I'm not tired like I was last year in games down the stretch."
DeMatha Coach Mike Jones said much of the credit for his star's motivation belongs to Anya's father.
"His dad and he went through a major metamorphosis this summer," Jones said. "His dad ran him everyday. You can just see he started to feel better about himself. The USA Basketball experience made him kind of get locked in to know what he needed to do to play at that level.
"He had a diet and meals made for him. He committed himself."
The travel that goes along with playing for a nationally known program like DeMatha helped put Anya on the national stage.
He was noticed before this season, but his a natural evolution in the recruiting process includes improving his overall game.
"Last year, when we wanted to get up and go we were getting him off the floor and getting somebody else in there," Jones said. "This year, he'll lead the press sometimes because he moves so well and he covers so much ground because of his wingspan."
His arms extend 7 feet, 9 inches across.
The Stags won the Torrey Pines (Calif.) Holiday Classic Dec. 27-30 in San Diego where they won every game by at least 10 points.
Their goal, naturally, is to go undefeated and win a mythical national high school championship.
For his part, Anya plans to enjoy the flood of interest of recruiting.
"I just have to take it one step at a time, and not make a decision until next year when I'm a senior, sometime toward the beginning or middle of the season of my senior year," he said. "I'm just going to take it all in and enjoy it."
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