LITTLE ROCK – While waiting one more week for his Bluff City Legends AAU season to get started, 2014 Arkansas hoops prospect Anton Beard took time to take in the Real Deal in the Rock this weekend.
"I just wanted to come out and support some of my friends and teammates," Beard said. "I'm looking forward to getting started myself."
Beard (6-1, 180) has played the last few seasons at Little Rock Parkview, but the senior-to-be has transferred back to his home city of North Little Rock and will play for the Charging Wildcats this season there along with 2015 prospects KeVaughn Allen and K.J. Hill in what is arguably the best backcourt in the state.
"It's certainly going to be a change of systems for me, but I am really looking forward to playing with those guys," Beard said. "We are going to have a lot of talent and it's going to be a lot of fun."
Beard committed to Missouri back in the summer of 2012, but the four-star prospect per Scout.com later de-committed late in the high school season and has a final four now of Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU and UMass.
He said that his relationship with Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson has blossomed over the last few months.
"Arkansas is high on my list," Beard said. "They have been talking to to me a lot. They are recruiting me a lot and I feel very comfortable with those coaches. The school is awesome, Coach Anderson is awesome and the players are cool. It's actually a great campus to be and I can certainly see myself there."
He will play this summer with several other 2014, 2015 and 2016 Arkansas recruiting targets in Memphis White Station junior Davelle Roby and sophomore Nych Smith and the Memphis East brother duo of sophomore K.J. Lawson and his younger brother Dedric.
Beard, who played the two at Parkview while Mississippi State signee I.J. Ready ran the point, will see time as the lead guard this summer with the Bluff City Legends, who will play in Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League.
The EBYL – which will also feature the Arkansas Wings again this season -- gets underway this weekend with games in Los Angeles while the other three sessions this spring are in Hampton (VA) on April 19-21, Dallas (May 10-12) and Minneapolis (May 24-27).
The top 20 teams in the 40-team league advance to play in the Nike Peach Jam on July 10-14.
"In Memphis, they have me playing one and I am looking forward it," Beard said. "It's a great deal to go and play with some of the great players out of Memphis and I am looking forward to coming together as one and having a great team this summer competing in the EYBL."
As for his list of four, it is the four schools that have put in the most work.
"Those are the four schools that communicated the most with me than the other schools and all have something that I like about them," Beard said. "Those are the four standing out most to me. It is just about where I want to go at the end of the day."
Beard Now A Charging Wildcat
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