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
Portis earns weekly award
Arkansas' Bobby Portis attempts a shot while being guarded by UT Martin's Pierre Mopo during the first half of the basketball game in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on Thursday December 19, 2013.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas' Bobby Portis was named the Southeastern Conference's freshman of the week for the second time on Monday.
Portis scored 19 points and recorded 10 rebounds in the Razorbacks' 104-71 win over UTSA on Saturday. The Little Rock native is the second Arkansas player to win multiple freshman of the week accolades from the SEC alongside current Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley.
The 6-foot-10 forward is averaging 12.8 points and a team-leading 6.2 rebounds per game. He has scored in double figures nine consecutive games and has made 21 of his last 24 field goal attempts.
Arkansas (11-2) opens SEC play Wednesday night with a road game against Texas A&M.