Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
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.