Arkansas Lands Babb

Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and his program landed one of its top priorities on Saturday when Arlington (Texas) Martin shooting guard/small forward Nick Babb (6-4, 195).

Arkansas worked hard this spring and summer to land one of its top targets and that came to fruition on Saturday.

Arlington (Texas) Martin star Nick Babb (6-4, 195) , a three-star shooting guard/small forward, committed to the Razorbacks on Saturday.

"When I went up to Fayetteville for the first time (on June 11), I just loved everything about it," Babb said "I just like (Arkansas head) Coach [Mike] Anderson, the way he plays. He likes to get up and down the court. I like to play fast-paced."

Babb noted that his dad Mike - who came with him on his unofficial visit - was pumped about Arkansas as well.

"He liked how Arkansas is in the SEC, one of the best conferences in basketball right now," Babb said. "He just liked the competition I could be playing in, and he likes the Arkansas program. He likes Coach Anderson, likes what he's trying to do with the program."

Arkansas assistant coach Melvin Watkins was the lead recruiter on Babb.

"I talked to Coach Watkins a lot," Babb said. "He's that guy that actually got me interested in Arkansas." analyst Brain Snow sized up the game of Babb, who confirmed his commitment via twitter.

"At 6-foot-4 with solid athleticism and good strength, Babb is a versatile player who can excel on both offense and defense," Snow writes. "Right now Babb is at his best going to the rim, but he has is a capable jump shooter."

Babb chose Arkansas over co-finalist SMU, Gonzaga, Wichita State, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech and others.

He joins North Little Rock point guard Anton Beard (6-1, 180) and Forrest City center Trey Thompson (6-9, 250) as pledges in Arkansas' 2014 recruiting class.

The Razorbacks will also mix in West Virginia transfer forward Keaton Miles (6-7, 220), who is redshirting this season and be eligible for the 2014-2015 season.

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