|Posted by Brian Dickmann on May 11, 2016 at 5:20 PM|
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Former Green Bay star point guard Keifer Sykes was one of about forty NBA D-League prospects chosen to participate in the 7th annual Elite Mini Camp in Chicago this week.
The camp provides an opportunity for D-League players to showcase their talents for NBA scouts in town ahead of the annual NBA Draft combine in hopes of landing a spot on an NBA Summer League and/or training camp roster this fall.
The minicamp puts prospects through agility tests, drills, and takes measurables – much like the Draft Combine – as well as four 5 on 5 scrimmages for players to showcase their talents to the scouts in attendance.
Sykes was the 3rd smallest player at the two day event – measuring 5’10” without shoes – but still showed he has the ability to jump out of the gym. He had the 2nd best no-step vertical (34”) and max vertical (40.5") behind only former Iona star Ra’shad James in both categories.
In the live scrimmage portion, Sykes averaged 13.0 points, 1.8 assists, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in the four games, including leading his team with 18 points in the opening game, a 91-86 victory.
He shot 15/25 (60.0%) from the floor in the four games and an impressive 22/24 (91.7%) from the free throw line, including 10/11 in the game 1 win. His team finished 2-2.
Sykes recently finished his first season of professional basketball with the Austin Spurs, the D-League affiliate of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. Appearing in all 50 regular season games (37 games started), he averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game in 31.0 minutes per game while shooting 44.6% from the floor and 31.5% from beyond the arc.
In the playoffs, Sykes led Austin to a 2-1 opening round series win against Rio Grande Valley, including a 31 point performance in the game 3 victory to clinch the series. He averaged 18.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 36.0 minutes in 6 playoff games this season.
Sykes played last summer in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers organization before joining the San Antonio Spurs for training camp. He was cut by the Spurs but decided to stay in the organization, signing with Austin last October.
This year’s summer league takes place from July 8th through the 18th.
One of the greatest players in Green Bay program history, Sykes finished his collegiate career with 2,096 points – 2nd behind only current Virginia coach Tony Bennett. He averaged 16.5 points, 4.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game as a four year starter for the Phoenix. He was named the Horizon League Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons.