Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Babb commits to Arkansas
Guard Nick Babb can hit the outside jumper and finish strong to the basket.
Shooting guard Nick Babb, 6-4, 180 pounds of Arlington, (Texas) Martin said he has committed to Arkansas. He picked he Hogs over SMU, Texas A&M, Gonzaga and others. Earlier interview from Las Vegas click here
Babb said style of play and Coach Mike Anderson's ability to turn programs around helped him decide on the Hogs. He and his father visited Fayetteville about seven weeks ago. He had about 11 offers but cut it down to the Hogs and SMU.
He said the environment around the program was also a factor. He got along with the players and has been talking to forward Keaton Miles for awhile now and thinks he would fit right in.
Babb said Anderson sees him as a guy that can score along with someone who has a very good finish around the basket. He's also a very good defender. He said associate head coach Melvin Watkins was the first to get him interested in Arkansas.
He said the coaches will do an in-home visit in September and he plans to take his official visit during the month too.
Babb works at his father's BBQ restaurant called Babb Brothers BBQ and Blues in Dallas and is often waiting tables.
He and center Myles Turner have talked about playing together but Babb said he's not trying to recruit Turner after he recently announced his top eight and the Hogs weren't included.
Read more in Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.