Arkansas Hoop Signees - On Wednesday Trey Thompson (10:30 a.m.) and Nick Babb (1:30 p.m.) will sign - On Thursday Anton Beard (4 p.m.)— Dudley E. Dawson (@Dedsports) November 12, 2013
Anton Beard - Point Guard - Listed between 5'1" and 6'1"
I just committed to the university of Arkansas!!" 🙌👏— Anton Beard3⃣3⃣ (@yolo_Ton33) April 22, 2013
Beard was originally committed to Missouri, but decommitted recently and said he was considering Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, and UMass with additional offers from Memphis, Georgetown, Florida State and others. He's 6-1, 180, and spent recent seasons playing at Little Rock Parkview before transferring to North Little Rock for his upcoming senior season.
Here's a recent highlight video from the NBPA Top 100 Camp this summer. Notice the slick passes.
@rivals rates Beard a 4-star and the No. 93 player in the nation for 2014.— Danny West (@DannyWest1) April 23, 2013
Nick Babb - Shooting Guard - 6'4"
Babb is a shooting guard out of Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. At 6-foot-4, he will add a lot of length from the two guard position, and look for him to create turnovers and, if his highlight videos are indication, finish the fast break opportunities well above the rim.
As evidenced below:
Babb's size also gives him an advantage over many other smaller shooting guards to block shots and can even move down to the strong forward position if need be.
Babb has received offers from SMU and Texas A&M with interest from many other high-profile programs.
Trey Thompson - Center/Power Forward - 6'9"
Trey Thompson is the 5th Forrest City Mustang in the last 7 years to sign with the Hogs. Of course he called them... pic.twitter.com/pfREwoHWJT— Chris Hudgison (@ChrisHudgison) November 13, 2013
About a month after securing the commitment of North Little Rock point guard Anton Beard, the other top prospect in the class of 2014 committed to play in Bud Walton Arena. This is a great sign for Anderson to as there are several great prospects currently in Arkansas' high school ranks. We'll go ahead and call this strategy "Operation: Must get Malik Monk".
But Monk is still a few years away from graduating. Thompson is a great pickup who can sign this fall. He's a 6'9" 230 lb forward who held other offers from Florida, Memphis, and Mississippi State. All the recruiting services appear to rate him as a 3* prospect, and is listed among the top 20-or-so centers in the country. 24/7 considers him a power forward.
Here is a highlight video. I'd like to publicly endorse him keeping the number 120 on his jersey in college.