Thompson, Babb Ready To Help Hog Basketball Team

Razorback fans in Central Arkansas got an up close look at a pair in incoming Razorbacks at the Mike Conley Jr. All Star game, the kickoff event for the annual Real Deal in the Rock AAU tournament in Little Rock.

Forrest City 6'-9" center Trey Thompson scored 16 points with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block in the game. Thompson was committed to the Hogs during this past season so he got a good look at their 2014 campaign which was filled with ups and downs.

"The winning and losing hasn't been ideal," Thompson told the Razorback Nation, "but I think when we go up there we can make it happen and get to the NCAA tournament."

Former Arlington, Texas Martin High School shooting guard Nick Babb had a more modest effort scoring 9 points with 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Babb shook off those numbers while pointing out that he's not coming in to set the world on fire as a freshman. He says he's coming in to help in whatever role the coaches have for him.

"They (Arkansas) need a couple of more scorers, a couple of more shooters," Babb noted. "There's always that person that could get in there and make a good fit no matter where you play. You might step in maybe for a couple of minutes, just get in there and make something happen."

Both incoming freshmen told the same story when asked how they ended up signing with Arkansas. They said they believe they will fit in and add to the program but Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson was the main lure.

"He cares about his players just as much as he cares about his own family. There's more to it than basketball with him," Thompson stressed

"He invited me to his house," Babb echoed. "Had his family over and said, 'Hey, we all would like you to be here. Your family is my family.'  I feel like he just welcomed me in."

Babb and Thompson join incoming guards Anton Beard of North Little Rock, Seminole State's Jabril Durham and Dusty Hannahs, a Texas Tech transfer who must sit out a year, to complete Anderson's signing class of 2014.

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