Chicago United Hoops Alum - Keifer Sykes - Repeats as Horizon Player of the Year

 

Chicago United Hoops Alum - Keifer Sykes - Repeats as Horizon Player of the Year

Green Bay's Keifer Sykes officially repeated as Horizon League Player of the Year today, becoming the first player to do so in the league since Rashad Phillips of Detroit in 2000 and 2001. 

Sykes has been terrific this season, and is averaging 18.5 points, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game -- all of which are in the top-five of the league. He's one of 17 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, annually given to the nation's best point guard. 

Other players named to the All-Horizon first-team were Kahlil Felder of Oakland, Trey Lewis and Anton Grady of Cleveland State and Alec Peters of Valparaiso. 

Green Bay is the second seed in the upcoming Horizon League tournament beginning on Tuesday, and they are expected to compete with Valparaiso for the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Phoenix are currently 23-7.

Three of the past four winners of the Horizon Player of the Year have gone on to play in the NBA, including Ray McCallum, Gordon Hayward and Norris Cole. Sykes is currently No. 97 on my top-100 board for the upcoming 2015 NBA Draft, where as a senior he will be automatically eligible. Will be interesting to find out if he can work his way up that board with a big March or in the workout process to join his former Green Bay teammate Alec Brown -- drafted last season by the Suns -- in the NBA.

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