Cousy Award Nomination Caps Impressive Year for Sykes

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Release: December 21, 2012
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VIDEO: Sykes' Top-18 Moments at 18

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - When Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) turned 18 on Dec. 30, 2011, he was starting at point guard for Green Bay and had just scored eight points the night before at Butler against an All-Horizon League performer. His Phoenix career was off to a solid start, but the 5-foot-11 guard was showing only a small glimpse of what was to come. Now nearly a year later, Sykes has been named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List as one of the nation's top point guards.

Twenty-eight games into adulthood, Sykes will play his last contest as an 18-year old on Saturday night when the Phoenix host South Dakota at 7 p.m., and it is 20-point outbursts like he had against Marquette on Wednesday that have become far more common than single digit efforts.

This season, he has four games with 20 or more points, has reached double figures in 10 of 11 games, and he leads the Phoenix in scoring at 16.7 points per game. Sykes has scored 519 points in just 41 career games, and GreenBayPhoenix.com looks at his top-18 highlights from the age of 18.

The Bob Cousy Award, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. The watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 around Jan. 1, final 10 near Feb. 1 and final five by approximately March 1. A premier selection committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award.

These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (Saint Joseph's), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and last year's recipient Kendall Marshall (North Carolina). For more information on the 2013 Bob Cousy, log onto CousyAward.com.

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