Keifer Sykes Player of The Year 2015

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Defenses have brought out all the stops to slow Sykes throughout the season, but the Phoenix senior still led the Horizon League in scoring for the season (18.5) and in Horizon League play (19.7).

Sykes is also third in steals (1.7), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) and fourth in assists (4.2). The Chicago native ranks among conference leaders in rebounding (4.5), field goal percentage (.460), free throw percentage (.772), three-pointers made per game (1.4), defensive rebounds (3.7) and minutes played (34.8).

The senior, who was also the Preseason Player of the Year, scored in double figures in 15 of 16 league games and 28 of 30 games for the season, including scoring a career-high 36 at UIC and 34 at Milwaukee. 

During the season, Sykes won the Horizon League Player of the Week award three times, including on Monday morning after averaging 28.5 points, 5.5 assists, five rebounds and three steals in wins over UIC and Oakland last week. In his career, Sykes won the weekly award a league record 13 times.

In his career, Sykes has scored 2,038 points, ranking second in program history and tied for sixth in Horizon League history. With 519 assists and 453 rebounds, Sykes is the only player in Horizon League history to accumulate 2,000 career points, 500-plus assists and 400-plus rebounds.

Sykes is also the nation’s only player with 2,000-plus points, 500-plus assists and 400-plus assists. During the 2014-15 season, he has been named to the Wooden Award and Naismith Award Watch Lists among the nation’s best players as well as one of only 17 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation’s top point guard.

Sykes has reached 500 points for the third-straight season, becoming the second Phoenix player in school history to accomplish that feat. He has also dished out 100 or more assists for the fourth-straight season. The point guard has also put together his best season on the defensive end of the floor, totaling a career-high 52 steals while creating countless five-second counts. In his career, he has tallied 152 steals to sit eighth in program history.