Central Florida Junior Isaiah Sykes Declares For 2013 NBA Draft

By Paul Seaver
Kim Klement-USA Today Sports

The University of Central Florida issued a press release on Thursday afternoon, staying that junior guard Isaiah Sykes will enter his name into the 2013 NBA Draft. According to the release however, Sykes will follow the guidelines necessary to retain his collegiate eligibility, which means that he will not hire an agent while waiting to hear back from the NBA’s undergraduate advisory committee.

During the 2012-13 season, Sykes had a career year, averaging 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Sykes was the only player in the nation this past season to record two triple-double performances. NBA scouts are probably well aware of Sykes’ ability to stuff the stat sheet, but his draft status is certainly up in the air. Sykes is not expected to be drafted, according to any mock website. In fact, DraftExpress.com ranks Sykes as the No. 60 prospect within the junior class alone.

However, with Sykes decision to follow the collegiate guidelines, don’t be surprised if the 6-foot-5 guard makes the decision to return to Central Florida. Sykes has until Apr. 16 to retract his name from consideration.

“Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine and I am excited to be able to learn more about my draft stock. I am looking forward to going through the process and I appreciate Coach Jones and the entire staff helping me,” Sykes said in Central Florida’s release.

If Sykes decides to remain in the draft, Central Florida will lose its top two scorers and rebounders from this past season.


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