Arkansas Lands Thompson

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson writes about how the Arkansas basketball program grabbed its second commitment of the 2014 class when Forrest City center Trey Thompson (6-9, 250) committed to the Razorbacks on Thursday.

Arkansas head basketball coach Mike Anderson has now wrapped up the state's top 2014 prospects.

Forrest City center Trey Thompson (6-9, 250), who averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds last season, committed to the Razorbacks Thursday over Memphis, Mississippi State, LSU and Tennessee.

"Trey has pretty much known all along where he wanted to go and became really sure of it recently and wanted to go ahead and get it out of the way," Forrest City head coach Dwight Lofton said. "He really wanted to free up his summer and just concentrate on getting better and get the recruiting all behind him. He's very happy about it."

Thompson joins North Little Rock point guard Anton Beard (6-1, 180) in becoming juniors that have pledged to sign with Arkansas in the early signing period in November.

Beard is a four-star prospect, the 14th-best point guard and the 66th-best player overall nationally per while Thompson is a three-star prospect and ranked as the 16th-best center in the country.

He signed Little Rock Hall's Bobby Portis (6-11, 232), a McDonald's All-American, last November along with Huntington (WV) Prep center Moses Kingsley (6-10, 230).

"Coach Anderson has always said that he wanted to keep the best players in Arkansas home and that he what he is doing with Trey and Anton," Lofton said. "That is just what he is doing by getting these two guys and having already signed Bobby."

Thompson had offers from the aforementioned schools along with Florida.

"But in the end he chose Arkansas over Memphis, Mississippi State and LSU, but it was always the Razorbacks at the forefront of his mind," Lofton said. "That's where he was meant to be and he is very happy about having this decision out of the way."

Thompson said last month that he was honored to have been the first player Anderson offered when he arrived at Arkansas from Missouri.

I was Coach (Mike) Anderson's first recruit when he got to Arkansas" Thompson told "I was in the ninth grade and he offered me and has been recruiting me ever since. I talk to Coach Anderson and (Razorback assistant) Coach (Melvin) Watkins every week."

Thompson is playing with the Arkansas Hawks AAU squad this summer.

"I just want to show people what I can do and that I am versatile," said Thompson. "I want to show that I can score inside and in the mid-range. I am working on getting stronger and getting my conditioning up."

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