FAYETTEVILLE — Despite the opportunities created by the graduations of 2017-2018 senior All-SEC guards Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon and starting point guard Anton Beard,  Razorbacks sophomore to be guards Darious Hall of Little Rock Mills and junior to be C.J. Jones of Birmingham, Ala. are transferring from the University of Arkansas at the close of the spring semester.

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson confirmed that Hall and Jones have requested their releases to transfer.

““Darious and C.J. have decided to transfer from our program,” Anderson said Wednesday via a UA press release.  “I appreciate them coming to the University of Arkansas and wish them the best moving forward.”

Hall played in every game, including starting in five, for the 23-12 Razorbacks while averaging 5.1 points  and 3.1 rebounds.

Jones, a 2-year letterman  playing all 35 games off the bench in 2017-2018 averaged 6.3 point and 1.4 rebounds.

Though Jones and Hall depart, the Razorbacks received huge news when 6-11 sophomore to be Daniel Gafford, named to the All-SEC Freshman team and considered a strong NBA prospect, announced he is returning to the UA for his sophomore 2018-2019 season and not entering this summer’s NBA draft.

—Nate Allen


UCA's Lira Golfer of Month

University of Central Arkansas senior Fernanda Lira was named the Southland Conference Women’s Golfer of the Month on Wednesday after leading UCA to two Top 5 finishes in three tournaments in March.

 Lira, from Mexico City, Mexico, finished in the top five individually in all three tournaments, including a runner-up finish at the 3M Augusta Invitational when she carded a 69-71-71 for a 5-under 211, tying a career low for single round and setting a career low for a tournament. Lira also tied for fourth at the River Landing Classic (73-73-70-215) and tied for fifth at the MountainView Collegiate (74-70-73-217).

 For the month, Lira averaged 71.4 strokes per round. UCA finished sixth, fourth and fifth in the three tournaments for the month.

UCA wraps up the regular season at the Murray State-Jan Weaver Invitational this weekend in Murray, Ky. The 2018 SLC Tournament will be played April 16-18 in Montgomery, Texas. UCA is the defending runner-up at the SLC championship.