Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Haydar signs pro contract
Arkansas guard Kikko Haydar plays in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi in Fayetteville, Ark. Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
FAYETTEVILLE Kikko Haydar signed a professional contract Monday with the Lebanese franchise Sagesse.
The senior will join the franchise following his graduation from the University of Arkansas next month and play in the league's playoffs. His contract with Sagesse is for three years.
Haydar was the only Lebanese player in college basketball this season, according to the UA. He averaged 3 points per game while playing 12.3 minutes per game as a senior and was named one of two team captains prior to the season.
The Fayetteville native was known just as much for academics as athletics at Arkansas. He was only the third athlete ever awarded the prestigious Bodenhamer Fellowship at the school.
Former Arkansas forward Charles Thomas is also on the roster for Sagesse, located in Beirut. Thomas is averaging a team-high 19.3 points per game this season.