NCB On The Trail: Arkansas Razorbacks

ESPN 100 guard Jimmy Whitt made a verbal commitment to Arkansas on Tuesday night. The 63rd-ranked prospect in the country chose the Razorbacks over Missouri, Illinois, SMU, and Marquette and announced his decision at a news conference from Hickman High School.

Minneapolis Nike EYBL recap 

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The fourth session of the Nike EYBL gave teams one more opportunity to add league wins and earn the right to participate in the Peach Jam that will crown a champion in July.

Check out some of the many terrific prospect performances we witnessed this weekend at the EYBL:


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#AskCoachB: High on the Hogs?

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Good timing on this question as your Hogs beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena last night. Arkansas is now 4-1 in its last five SEC games.

Now to your question. The Hogs have three good players coming in next season: ESPN 100 PG Anton Beard (North Little Rock, Ark./Parkview) and a pair of three-star prospects in Trey Thompson (Madison, Ark./Forest City) and Nick Babb (Arlington, Texas/James Martin ).

Each brings a different set of skills. Beard, a top 20 point guard in the class, is capable of taking over games with his scoring or by spreading the ball around and making teammates better. This lefty is strong and competitive and understands his position.

Thompson is a big body with soft hands. If he can get in shape his ability to change ends of the floor and his rebounding, along with his scoring, will improve.

Babb has good size at the shooting guard spot with the IQ to pass and a shooting touch with range to make shots.

As far as upside goes, they all have room to grow and they all can make a contribution next year. I don't see a future pro in this group, but I do see three good SEC players. Of the trio I believe Beard is the most college ready and can have the most impact.

For Mike Anderson and his staff, recruiting has never been a problem here or when they were at Missouri. They do a very good job of evaluating the prospects who fit Anderson's values and style of play.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

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SEC
Arkansas
Nick Babb SG Arlington, Texas/James Martin
HT: 6-4 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 26
Stars: 4

ACC
Georgia Tech
Tadric Jackson SG Tifton, Ga./Tift County
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 24
Stars: 4

Big Ten
Ohio State
A.J. Harris PG Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar
HT: 5-9 WT: 150
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 15
Stars: 4

Big 12
Oklahoma State
Joe Thomasson SG Dayton, Ohio/State Fair C.C. (juco)
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2014

American Athletic
Central Florida
B.J. Taylor PG Orlando, Fla./Boone
HT: 6-2 WT: 177
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 2

Atlantic 10
UMass
Rashaan Armstead-Holloway C Elmer, N.J./Arthur P. Schalick
HT: 6-10 WT: 280
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 38
Stars: 3

Horizon
Wright State
Justin Mitchell SG Fort Wayne, Ind./Wayne
HT: 6-4 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Mountain West
San Diego State
Kevin Zabo PG Gatineau, Que./Brewster Academy
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Postional Rank: 32
Stars: 3

Mid-American
Miami (Ohio)
Roderick Mills SF Cincinnati/St. Xavier
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Northeast
Wagner
Joe Cooper PG Wilmington, Del./The Tatnall School
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Patriot
Boston University
Cheddi Mosely PG Oceanport, N.J./St. Anthony
HT: 6-0 WT: 160
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Loyola (MD)
Cam Gregory SF Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
HT: 6-8 WT: 195
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri Valley
Drake
Ore Arogundade SG Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator
HT: 6-2 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Mid-Eastern Athletic
Norfolk State
Lou Myers SG Philadelphia/Math, Civics and Sciences Charter
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

MAAC
Rider
Kenny Grant C East Orange, N.J./Hyde School
HT: 6-8 WT: 250
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Iona
Bashir Ahmed SF Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy
HT: 6-5 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southland
Oral Roberts
Albert Owens C Cedar Hill, Texas/Trinity Christian
HT: 6-8 WT: 220
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

PF Marcanvis Hymon picks Ole Miss

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Class of 2014 power forward Marcanvis Hymon (Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven) announced his commitment to Mississippi on Tuesday.

The three-star prospect, who is currently ranked as the No. 45 power forward on ESPN.com, chose the Rebels over Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi State and Auburn. He becomes the first Ole Miss commit from the 2014 class.

Razorbacks land 2014 center

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According to multiple reports, Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson landed a verbal commitment from junior center Trey Thompson (Madison, Ark./Forrest City) on Thursday.

The 6-foot-9 Thompson was garnering interest from Florida, Memphis, Florida State and Mississippi State. He joins fellow in-state prospect Anton Beard (North Little Rock, Ark./Parkview) as Class of 2014 commitments for the Razorbacks.

Ducks land son of former NBA All-Star 

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Small forward Elgin Cook (Milwaukee/Northwest Florida State College), the son of former NBA all-star Alvin Robertson, verbally committed to Oregon on Wednesday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Cook originally signed with Iowa State out of high school but opted for junior college after failing to qualify. The 6-foot-6 wing chose the Ducks over Gonzaga, Arkansas, Illinois, New Mexico and South Carolina, among others.

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Alvin Robertson sets path for his son 

February, 19, 2013
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If it’s in you, it’s in you. Elgin Cook (Milwaukee/Northwest Florida State) has basketball in his blood. The 6-foot-6 junior college small forward is the son of Alvin Robertson, one of his era’s top defensive players in the NBA.

Robertson owns an Olympic gold medal and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, but before that he had the work his way into college.

Cook, like his father, went the junior college route out of high school. Robertson graduated from Crowder Junior College before moving on to Arkansas and now he’s helping his son select his collegiate program.

Although Robertson ended up at Arkansas, Cook’s path might not be the same. According to Steve Forbes, Cook’s coach at NW Florida State, this weekend sets in motion the first two of what could be a handful of official visits.

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2014 PG Anton Beard back on the market 

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Junior point guard Anton Beard (North Little Rock, Ark./Parkview) is no longer committed to Missouri. Beard announced the decision via his Twitter account.

"Me and my family have decided to reopen my recruitment and uncommitted from the Missouri university," Beard wrote on Wednesday.

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Team USA announces Hoop Summit squad

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USA Basketball announced on Sunday the roster for its 2013 USA Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, and the USA will be led by two coaches and four players with prior international basketball experience, including USA medalists and prep standouts Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.), Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.), Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.) and Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas).

The U.S. roster also features 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Training Camp participants Aaron (Travis H.S./ Richmond, Texas) and Andrew Harrison (Travis H.S./Richmond, Texas), as well as USA Basketball newcomers Kasey Hill (Montverde Academy/Eustis, Fla.), Demetrius Jackson (Marian H.S./Mishawaka, Ind.), Bobby Portis (Hall H.S./Little Rock, Ark.) and Noah Vonleh (New Hampton School, N.H./Haverhill, Mas.).

The 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

ESPN 100 Moses Kingsley inks with Arkansas 

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Arkansas announced the signing of ESPN 100 center Moses Kingsley (New Albany, Miss./Huntington Prep) on Thursday.

Kingsley is currently ranked No. 49 overall on ESPN.com.

"Size is something we needed to address in the 2013 class," head coach Mike Anderson said. "With the signing of Moses, we feel that we are on the right track. He is listed as one of the better forwards in the country and he really fits our program. He is athletic, a gifted shot blocker, relentless on the boards and can run the floor. One thing that people say is that his defense is ahead of his offense, but I've seen his offensive game develop over the last two years and feel he can be a low post presence for us. He is a high character kid and more importantly he is a winner. I am delighted to have him as part of the Razorback family."

Anderson is also expecting to add ESPN 100 PF Bobby Portis (Little Rock, Ark./Hall) during the early signing period.

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PF Isaiah Watkins commits to Duquesne 

September, 28, 2012
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6-foot-8 forward Isaiah Watkins (Toronto, Ont./St. Benedict's Prep) pledged to Duquesne on Thursday night, multiple sources are reporting.

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ESPN 100 Jordan Mickey picks LSU 

September, 27, 2012
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LSU landed a verbal commitment from ESPN 100 power forward Jordan Mickey (Arlington, Texas/Prime Prep) on Thursday.

ESPN's National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi breaks down this commitment for LSU.

"Jordan is one of the most productive and consistent players and power forwards in the nation," Biancardi offered. "He approaches the game with a business-like attitude and is especially tough rebounding at both ends and blocking shots.

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North Texas adds SF Greg Wesley 

September, 26, 2012
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According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, North Texas landed a verbal commitment from in-state small forward Greg Wesley (Arlington, Texas/Juan Seguin) on Tuesday.

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RecruitingNation to feature top uncommitted players 

September, 20, 2012
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ESPNU's Recruiting Nation program will air on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET and feature ESPN's top analysts discussing some of the top recruiting stories of the week.

National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi and Senior Analyst Dave Telep will break down the top uncommitted players in the 2013 class, including Jabari Parker (Chicgao/Simeon), Andrew and Aaron Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis), Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian), James Young (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) and Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty).

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