Sykes Named Third AP Honorable Mention All-American
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – On Monday, Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) was named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, putting the Green Bay junior in select company in program history. Sykes joins Tony Bennett (1992) and Jeff Nordgaard (1996) as the only Phoenix players to earn the distinction, and Sykes becomes the first to do so prior to his senior campaign.
Sykes was the lone player from the Horizon League and also the only player in the state of Wisconsin to be honored by the Associated Press.
Previously, Sykes has been tabbed the Horizon League Player of the Year, All-Horizon League First-Team, a Lou Henson All-American and Mid-Major Player of the Year finalist, and an All-District pick by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Sykes helped Green Bay to a 24-7 record in 2013-14 and a 14-2 mark in Horizon League play to claim the first regular season conference title since 1995-96. During the campaign, he averaged 20.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He reached double figures in 29 of 30 games and his 608 points scored this season are the fourth-most in Green Bay history.
During the non-conference season, Sykes scored 32 points against Wisconsin, was named to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, and led Green Bay to a win over ACC champion Virginia with 21 points and 10 assists.
In Horizon League play, Sykes averaged 21.1 points per game while scoring at least 14 points in every league game as Green Bay won its first regular season conference title in 18 seasons.
In seven games played against NCAA Tournament teams, Sykes averaged 25.6 points and 5.1 assists per game.
The two-time All-Horizon League First-Team selection has scored 1,482 points and dished out 394 assists in his three-year Phoenix career, ranking in the top-10 in program history in each category. He won six Player of the Week awards in 2013-14 and has earned 10 in his career, both league records.
The 5-foot-11 Sykes excels at getting to the rim, leading to 26 dunks and numerous trips to the free-throw line in 2013-14. With 188 free throws made this season, Sykes broke his own single-season school record. Totaling 415 in three seasons, Sykes also broke Bennett’s Division I record for career made free throws.
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