Razorbacks Land Beard

Arkansas picks up a huge pledge on Monday night when North Little Rock's Anton Beard (6-1, 180) - the state's top 2014 hoops prospect who played the last three seasons at Little Rock Parkview - commits to the Razorbacks after a home visit from head coach Mike Anderson.

While he may not be done with his 2013 recruiting just yet, Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson got a big piece of his 2014 puzzle on Monday night.

North Little Rock's Anton Beard (6-1, 180), a four-star point guar per Scout.com, committed to the Razorbacks Monday night after a home visit with Anderson and assistant T.J. Cleveland.

Beard, who played the last three seasons for Little Rock Parkview, chose Arkansas over Tennessee, LSU, Missouri, Georgetown, Georgia Tech and UMass to name a few.

"I just felt more comfortable with Arkansas and have great communication with Coach Anderson," Beard said. "They have showed me the most interest and done a great job recruiting me."

Beard, who was named a first-team All-Arkansas selection by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, averaged 23 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.5 steals last season for Parkview while shooting 55.8 percent from the field, 29.4 percent from 3-point range and 65.7 percent from the free throw line.

He did that while shooting 60.8 percent from the field and 50.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 80 percent from the free throw line.

Beard had committed to Missouri last summer, but backed out of that pledge and got it down to a Final Four of Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee and UMass.

"Doing this now gets the pressure off of me and I can just concentrate on my game and my grades," Beard said. "I know this is where I want to go."

Anderson and his staff watched Beard and his Bluff City Legends team play last weekend in the EBYL's first session in Los Angeles.

Anderson has now landed the top player in Arkansas in the 2013 class in McDonald's All-American Bobby Portis and the 2014 one in Beard.

"They have just made me feel very wanted," Beard said. "He always does great things in year three like taking teams to the Sweet 16 or the Elite Eight. I think he is a great coach and Arkansas has a great future."

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