It is not easy for a player at a mid-major program to make an All-American sort of splash. Ask VanVleet, who had to guide his team to a perfect season to get there. Or ask Damian Lillard, who was brilliant two seasons ago — but was brilliant at Weber State, which can get you noticed by the NBA but doesn’t always make you a college hoops headliner.
Sykes has the advantage of playing in a higher-level conference, the Horizon League, and perhaps a field of point guards in which no one is a lock to be a high-major superstar. And Sykes is really, really good. How good? How about 32 points against Wisconsin?