At least one Cleveland media outlet is on board the Keifer Sykes bandwagon. A story posted online observes that the undrafted rooking from Green Bay is turning heads on the Cavaliers’ summer league team. His highlight-reel dunk in a recent game is archived here.
Former Phoenix standout Keifer Sykes was not among the 60 players selected in the NBA draft Thursday night. But Sykes confirmed minutes after the draft that he would be signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers and is expected to be on their summer roster. Sykes would have been the sixth player in UWGB history to be drafted, following Tom Anderson (1978), Ron Ripley (1979), Tony Bennett (1992), Jeff Nordgaard (1996) and most recently, Alec Brown (2014). Read the Green Bay Press-Gazette story.
Recent UWGB graduate Keifer Sykes, has the potential to be drafted in the NBA in the next 48 hours. But his degree means more to him than the call, he says. “I would be proud to get drafted, but the biggest accomplishment was getting my degree,” said Sykes in an interview with reporter Justin Breen, Garfield Park & North Lawndale Sports. Here’s the full story.
The Brown County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to authorize up to $1 million for a new video scoreboard at the Resch Center, the community facility that is home to Phoenix men’s basketball. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that UW-Green Bay Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie spoke at the meeting and called the current video board “the worst in the Horizon League.” Gillespie said the existing scoreboard impedes the school’s “ability to generate additional revenue… (and its) home court advantage.”
Green Bay men’s basketball head coach Linc Darner has announced the program’s coaching staff for the 2015-16 season. Randall Herbst, Richard Davis and Ben Swank have been named assistant coaches while Rion Rayfield will serve as the director of operations. Herbst, a native of Beaver Dam, worked under Darner at Florida Southern from 2006-07, coaching most recently at Nebraska-Omaha. Davis, also previously a Darner assistant, brings seven seasons of head coaching experience at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.). Swank will be serving on Darner’s staff for the third consecutive season. Rayfield, a native of Burlington, Wis., played for Darner at Florida Southern. For details.
As we reported earlier, Tuesday’s Phoenix-Packers Steak Fry at the Lambeau Field Atrium was a record-breaking affair, with attendance of 955 and $150,000 raised for intercollegiate athletics at UW-Green Bay. NFL hall of famer Dave Robinson, former Packers stars Lynn Dickey and Paul Coffman, team CEO Mark Murphy and current starters Mike Daniels and Cory Linsley were among the VIPs in attendance. Also present was new men’s basketball coach, Linc Darner, who made his first major public appearance in Green. TV-2 talked to Darner, and also to holdover starter Carrington Love, the team’s top returning scorer. “He’s a straight forward guy. Honesty is one of his characteristics,” Love said. “You know he knows his stuff.”
Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie introduced new Phoenix men’s basketball coach Linc Darner to a roomful of staff, supporters and media representatives Wednesday morning (April 15) at the Kress Events Center. The former Florida Southern head coach shared brief remarks and then answered media questions from the lectern and in a series of one-on-one interviews. Intercollegiate Athletics has Darner’s opening statement, along with some of the Q&A archived.
On Tuesday (April 21) the Green Bay Phoenix Athletics Department and the Green Bay Packers will partner again to host the 15th Annual Phoenix Packers Steak Fry at the Lambeau Field Atrium beginning at 5 p.m. The annual joint venture supports the Phoenix Fund, the principal fund for student-athlete scholarships and program support. Over the past 14 years, the proceeds from this event have yielded nearly $900,000, including more than $81,000 in 2014. Individual tickets are on sale for $100 each. Newly hired basketball coach Linc Darner is expected to make his Steak Fry debut.
Former Phoenix star Keifer Sykes is scheduled to participate in the 27th Annual State Farm College Slam Dunk Championship, to take place Thursday, April 2 at 6 p.m. CST at Hinkle Fieldhouse, cablecast live on ESPN. See more.
Tuesday brought another prestigious honor for Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.), who was named an honorable mention selection for the Associated Press 2014-15 All-America Team. The point guard joins Tony Bennett as the only players in program history to earn the distinction in two seasons.