Razorbacks Sign Trio Of Hoopsters

Arkansas starts the week-long November early signing period Wednesday by landing Forrest City big man Trey Thompson (6-9, 250) and small forward Nick Babb (6-5, 190) and is expected on Thursday to sign North Little Rock point guard Anton Beard (6-1, 180).

After a few seasons of not having enough big men, Arkansas is beginning to reel them in.

Forrest City center Trey Thompson (6-9, 250) became the first of three expected Razorback signees over the next two days when he inked his letter-of-intent on Wednesday morning as the week-long November early signing period opened.

"It's just a very exciting time and I know I made the right decision," Thompson said. "Arkansas just feels so right and like home for me."

Thompson was joined later in the day by Arlington, Texas, Martin small forward Nick Babb (6-5, 190) while North Little Rock point guard Anton Beard signed Thursday at 4 p.m. in a ceremony at his school.

Forrest City head coach Dwight Lofton thinks adding Thompson will be a great complement to current Arkansas 6-10 freshmen Bobby Portis and Moses Kingsley.

"I think Trey is going to have a great year for us and go on to have a great career for Arkansas," Lofton said. "I think he is a different type big man than they have had up there for a long time with the Razorbacks. Not only is he a great player below the shoulders, but a great one above the shoulders as well.

"He is a very intelligent young man who has been almost a 4.0 student and also has a great basketball IQ," Lofton said. "He is very gifted and I know is going to be even better when he gets in Arkansas' strength and conditioning program."

Lofton has stressed to Thompson, who averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks last season, that he will be looked upon differently now that he is a Razorback.

"When it is a possibility that you might sign with Arkansas, everyone is wondering what type of player you might become and are you good enough or not," Lofton said. "But when you are definitely a Razorback, fans look at it one way – how can you help us win. They will be judging everything he does on the court – how he plays, how he acts, what kind of a teammate he is going to be. All that stuff.

"I am very confident that he will measure up in all those areas," Lofton added. "Not only that, but I think he will have his best season because all of the recruiting is behind him. He knows where he is going to school and all he has to do is just working on improving his craft each day."

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