Sykes becomes the first player since Detroit’s Rashad Phillips in 2000-01 to win back-to-back player of the year awards and the fifth player in the league’s history to win player of the year two or more times. Sykes joins Tony Bennett (1990-91, 1991-92) as the only players in Green Bay’s Division 1 history to be named the conference player of the year twice.
For the second straight season, media members, head coaches and sports information directors voted Sykes as the top player in the league. He was also voted All-Horizon League for the third time in his career.
Sykes teammate, senior Greg Mays was named to the All-Horizon League Second Team for the first time in his career, and junior Jordan Fouse earned a spot on the All-Defensive Team for the third time in as many seasons and finished as the runner-up for Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season.
Sykes won the league’s scoring title, averaging 18.5 points in all games and 19.7 points in Horizon League games. In his career, Sykes has scored 2,038 points and collected 519 assists and 453 rebounds.
UW-Milwaukee’s Matt Tiby and Steve McWhorter made the Horizon League second team.
Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew was named the Horizon League’s Coach of the Year.