NCB On The Trail: Nick Babb

#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.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

August, 16, 2013
Nick Babb SG Arlington, Texas/James Martin
HT: 6-4 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 26
Stars: 4

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

Turner shines, Mudiay talks in Vegas 

July, 27, 2013
Editor's note: This is the latest entry in Dave Telep's July Road Trip blog. Throughout the month, Dave will check in each day he's on the road while covering some of the biggest basketball recruiting events in the country. He'll let you know where he is, offer some highlights of the day and give a quick look at what's next.

LAS VEGAS -- My annual goal is to see every kid who signs with the major Division I college programs. In a perfect world, I'd include half of Division I basketball and toss in all the mid-majors, too. That's the obsessive-compulsive in me coming out.

The truth is, it's a good summer if I've laid eyes on the best 200 high school players in the country at some point between April and the end of July. After arriving in Las Vegas on Friday after several days at the AAU Nationals and Super Showcase in Orlando, I'm getting close to knocking out my hit list.

My first day at the elite events in Las Vegas proved extremely fruitful, as I got to cross Robert Cartwright, Lamonte Bearden and Thomas Welsh off the hit list, see top-10 senior Myles Turner show off his potential, and pick up recruiting info on Emmanuel Mudiay, Jordan McLaughlin, Rashad Vaughn and others.

Here are some nuggets from Friday’s action in Vegas.