April 24, 2014

Sykes will return to UW-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay junior point guard Keifer Sykes won’t be entering the NBA

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

Draft pool by Sunday.  That’s the last day that underclassmen can declare for the draft.

Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle sought input from the NBA’s advisory committee about Sykes, much like he did for Alec Brown last season.  The committee offers players the opportunity to see where they might be drafted.

AUDIO: Coach Brian Wardle says Keifer Sykes is returning to GB :13

Sykes was the Horizon League Player of the Year after averaging 20.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds this season.  He scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games.

Sykes’ teammate, senior Alec Brown is working out in California, hoping to get selected in the June 26th draft.  He’s trying to become the sixth player in program history to do so.

Wardle gets new 5-year deal at Green Bay

After winning the Horizon League’s regular season men’s basketball title

Brian Wardle

Brian Wardle

this past season, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has rewarded head coach Brian Wardle with a new five-year contract.

Green Bay won 24-games this past season but missed out on the NCAA Tournament after being upset by Milwaukee in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals.

With a 14-2 league record, Wardle led the Phoenix to their first regular season conference title since 1995-96. [Read more...]

Wardle named 2014 Skip Prosser Man of the Year

Green Bay head men’s basketball coach Brian Wardle was named the 2014 Skip Prosser Man of the Year award at the annual

Brian Wardle

Brian Wardle

CollegeInsider.com awards banquet on Friday afternoon in Dallas.

The Skip Prosser Award was established in 2008 to honor those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who display moral integrity off of it as well.  The award is named after the late Skip Prosser, who died suddenly in 2007 while the head coach at Wake Forest.

Prosser posted a career record of 291-146 in 14 seasons as a head coach at Loyola, Xavier and Wake Forest.

In 2013-14, Wardle guided the Phoenix to the program’s best season in nearly two decades.  Green Bay finished 24-7 and used a 14-2 mark in Horizon League play to claim the conference’s regular season title for the first time since 1995-96.  He was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 12 Coach of the year.

Sykes named AP Honorable Mention All-American

Green Bay Phoenix guard Keifer Sykes was named an Associated Press

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

Honorable Mention All-American on Monday.  The honor puts Sykes in select company in program history.  Sykes joins Tony Bennett (1992) and Jeff Nordgaard (1996) as the only Phoenix players to earn the distinction and Sykes is the first to do so prior to his senior season.

Sykes is the only player from the Horizon League and also the only player in the state of Wisconsin to be honored by the Associated Press.

Sykes helped Green Bay to a 24-7 record in 2013-14 and a 13-2 mark in Horizon League play to claim the first regular season conference title since 1995-96.  He averaged 20.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds a game.

In seven games played against NCAA Tournament teams, Sykes averaged 25.6 points and 5.1 assists per game.

Wardle lands Coach of the Year honor

Green Bay Phoenix head men’s basketball coach Brian Wardle has been named the

Brian Wardle

Brian Wardle

2014 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) UPS District 12 Coach of the Year.

Wardle joins Dick Bennett (1992, 1994) and Mike Heideman (1996) as Green Bay coaches to have won the honor.

In his fourth season leading the Phoenix, Wardle guided Green Bay to the program’s best season in nearly two decades.  Green Bay posted a 24-7 overall record and used a 14-2 mark in Horizon League play to claim the conference’s regular season title for the first time since 1995-96.

Wardle’s overall record at the school is 71-55.  Under his leadership, Green Bay has improved its overall and Horizon League win totals in each of the past four seasons.