Arkansas Basketball: Haydar signs professional contract; Wagner to transfer

It was a busy day for Arkansas basketball Tuesday. Senior Kikko Haydar signed a professional contract and sophomore DeQuavious “Dee” Wagner announced he was transferring.

Haydar signed a professional contract to play professional basketball in his home country of Lebanon. He signed a three-year contract to play Sagesse in Division A in Beirut, Lebanon. He will join the Sagesse for the playoffs after graduation but his three-year contract will not begin until next season.

Haydar has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Lebanon but he spent most of his life in northwest Arkansas. His family still owns a house in Lebanon.

The 5-foot-10 guard played basketball at Fayetteville High School and walked on for the Razorbacks under John Pelphrey.

As a senior Haydar averaged three points, shooting 39.2 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range in just 12.3 minutes per game.

Haydar’s stats may not be the most impressive but his work ethic and determination go along way. He is the type of player that everyone wants on his team. He is never going to let you down.

His most impressive stats come in the classroom. He was just he third Arkansas athlete to receive a Bodenhamer Fellowship and he maintained a 3.88 GPA throughout his four years at Arkansas.

Former Razorback Charles Thomas is also a member of Sagesse and leads the team with 19.3 points per game.

Dee Wagner announced that he will be transferring from the team at the conclusion of the semester.

Wagner was named the 2012 Mr. Basketball of Louisiana by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association in high school but did not live up to expectations at Arkansas. He appeared in just 28 games in his two seasons as a Razorback.

His playing time decreased from his freshman year to sophomore year. As a freshman, he saw 126 minutes of playing time and only 37 minutes as a sophomore. In two seasons, he averaged just 1.25 points per game.

Wagner is the seventh player to transfer from Arkansas in the past three years. He joins Rotnei Clarke, Jeff Peterson, Glenn Bryant, Devonta Abron, Julysses Nobles and Hunter Mickelson.

Arkansas now has nine players on the current roster after graduation and Wagner’s transfer. With spots on the roster to fill, Mike Anderson and his staff will have to do some more recruiting.

Little Rock native, Dusty Hannahs announced that he was transferring from Texas Tech. The sophomore guard would be a huge pick up for the Hogs but he may not be eligible to play right away. Hannahs was not recruited by Arkansas the first time around so that may factor into his decision.

Aside from Hannahs, Arkansas needs to go after a junior college recruit that has the potential of Coty Clarke. Clarke came in to Arkansas with two years of eligibility left and he made an impact on the program in his two-year stint.

After a busy day in Arkansas basketball, we wish Kikko Haydar and Dee Wagner the best in their future endeavors.