CSNwashington.com's coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft will include profiles of prospects as well as their potential fit on the Wizards. Washington currently owns the 19th and 49th selections.
Keifer Sykes, PG, Green Bay
6'0" | 167 lbs. | 21 years old
18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals, 35.6 minutes
Second round to undrafted
The two-time Horizon League Player of the Year is scheduled to workout for the Wizards on Monday along with Arkansas PF Bobby Portis, LSU power forward Jarell Martin and Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey, the top scorer in the country last season. ... Rated 94th by DraftExpress.com among players in the 2015 class. ... The speedster averaged 26 points in two games against Wisconsin during his junior and senior season. ...The Chicago native sank 1.4 3-pointers per game last season, but only shot 31 percent. ... Ranked third at the NBA combine in the three-quarter court sprint (3.13) and lane agility among those participating. ...Green Bay-based hip-hop/rap group Wisco Kidz paid tribute with the single, "Keifer Sykes."
He said it
"I know when I came to Green Bay, I wasn't thinking about the NBA. I was just happy to have a scholarship so my parents didn't have to pay for school. But I began to work hard, and things just started happening for themselves. For me, I don't really try to get too high or try to get too low. My junior year when people were saying, 'It could happen,' that just made me want to work that much harder so I wouldn't fail." - Sykes (via CSNchicago.com)
Fit for the Wizards:
When John Wall sits, Washington's fast break often sits with him. At the very least there is no playmaker with the ability for attacking end-to-end pushes. That would change with Sykes, who also relentlessly attacks the rim in half-court sets. The limited size works against him as does, for now, the inconsistent perimeter touch. Those factors probably lead to no team selecting Sykes in the two-round draft on June 25. Of course, as we've seen in the NBA Finals with Matthew Dellavdeova, undrafted free agents can still make a mark, especially those that can make plays. With Ramon Session and Garrett Temple - assuming the latter opts into his player option this season - entering the final year of their contracts, the Wizards don't have backup plan behind Wall beyond this season. What they do have is some available roster space, time for grooming a young point guard and the 49th overall selection in the two-round draft along with its first round pick. They'll take a closer look Monday to see if Sykes might be worth the investment.
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