June 17, 2014
|Sykes keeps his dribble low, so low that is is routinely out of shot.|Isaiah Sykes
, Central Florida, Senior, 6'6 220lbs2013/14 stats:
31.9 mpg, 17.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.7 spg, 0.2 bpg, 2.7 fpg, 3.7 TOpg, 47.5% FG, 37.5% 3PT, 54.0% FT
Sykes is a quirky player who left UCF in pretty much every category, with one big drawback. A ball dominant lefty shooting guard, Sykes's game is hindered by a lack of jumpshot. He hits a few mid range shots, but takes much more than a few, and lacks three point range. Given his established lack of jumpshot and proven driving game, he is always given the jumpshot if he wants it, and he almost always takes it, with a long and slow release that doesn't even disguise it. This does not work out. And it follows logically that he is also a poor foul shooter.
Sykes makes up for it elsewhere on offense by doing it all. He is always looking for the drive, and gets there with craft rather than explosion. He has a very solid handle of the ball for an off guard, can drive both ways (albeit always finishing left), shoots bankers, and makes enough contested ones from midrange. Sykes was asked to be UCF's option every trip down, and while this slowed the game up and he was guilty of stopping the ball at times, he was also their best option in the halfcourt, demonstrating good vision whilst carrying much of the scoring load. He will make mistakes at times, and is not efficient because of the lack of shot, but he will push the ball and rebound the glass, going coast to coast at times. He consistently makes tough ones and he consistently had to. Defensively, he needs to improve his rotations and help defense, but with his size and decent athleticism he can keep an opponent out of the paint, as well as crash the glass.
Ultimately, the profile and projection is all hindered by the lack of a shot. With it, his inefficient game would be a lot more efficient. But even with it, Sykes is sufficiently ball dominant that it's a mystery how he would fit alongside a point guard of some calibre. He can't be the primary playmaker if the team is to be any good, for he is too inefficient and mistake prone. So it is tough to project a fit for Sykes.
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