NLR's Beard officially commits to Arkansas


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson secured the third piece to his 2014 class on Thursday, when guard Anton Beard signed with the Razorbacks.

Beard made his college choice official during a ceremony at North Little Rock High on Thursday afternoon. He joins Forrest City center Trey Thompson (6-foot-9, 245 pounds) and guard Martin (Texas) High guard Nick Babb (6-4, 195) as Razorbacks.

Thompson and Babb signed national letters of intent Wednesday, which was the first day of the fall signing period.

Scout.com and Rivals.com rank the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Beard as a three-star prospect on a five-star scale. Beard, who previously attended Parkview High, also is rated as the 92nd-best player (No. 19 point guard) in the country by ESPN.

— Robbie Neiswanger