NCB On The Trail: Mike Anderson

#AskCoachB: High on the Hogs?

February, 28, 2014
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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.

Juco SF Mike Anderson picks UW

March, 26, 2013
Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar landed a verbal pledge on Monday from small forward Mike Anderson (Hartford, Conn./Moberly Area Community College). The news was first reported by

The 6-foot-5 Anderson chose the Huskies over South Florida, San Francisco and Central Michigan. He averaged 16.9 pints and 9.8 rebounds this past season at Moberly.

Anderson joins ESPN 100 PG Nigel Williams-Goss (Happy Valley, Ore./Findlay College Prep), SG Darin Johnson (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) and PG Jahmel Taylor (Los Angeles/Pacific Hills School) in the Huskies' 2013 class.