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Arkansas adds second ’14 in-state standout

The Arkansas Razorbacks landed a key in-state commitment on Thursday, as big man Trey Thompson of Forrest City (AR) reportedly made his pledge. Thompson joins top-100 point guard Anton Beard of North Little Rock (AR) in the strong early class for Arkansas. considers Thompson to be in the top 150 players in the 2014 class nationally. At 6′-9″, 240 pounds, Thompson has a solid frame, good size, and can be a forceful presence down low. He’s far from a finished project, but has made strides to improve his athleticism, overall strength and skill level over the last few years, which one could expect to continue going forward. He was a first team all-state 5A selection in Arkansas last year.

As Thompson continues to improve, he can add scoring on the interior to his game for maximum benefit. His size is the obvious eye catcher, but he is a deceptively good passer and his rate of improvement is notable.

Thompson and Beard are part of head coach Mike Anderson’s efforts to lock down the borders of Arkansas and keep the best players in-state, since taking over at the helm in moving from Missouri. In the 2013 recruiting cycle, touted power forward Bobby Portis stayed at home, and fellow signee Moses Kinglsey was a standout on the Arkansas Wings (among the top AAU teams in Arkansas), despite playing for a high school in Mississippi prior to transferring to Huntington Prep (WV).

Portis is the obvious frontline anchor as he has a year of seniority on Thompson, but both can be good players in the SEC going forward. As it stands now, Thompson can play his way in to the top 100 nationally with a good summer, and Beard is very likely to remain at that status, given the Razorbacks a great start on the future.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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