UCF guard Isaiah Sykes will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to UCF for his senior season. (February 20, 2013)
Sykes declared for the NBA Draft on April 4, but did not hire an agent. That allowed the Detroit native to hear from the NBA’s undergraduate advisory committee to receive feedback from professional scouts and learn his draft prospects.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound guard had until April 16 to make the decision, and informed the school of his decision late Monday.
"Want to thank everyone for the support #ucf fans are the best & I feel as so if it's meant for me to make it God will make it happen for me," Sykes tweeted late Monday.
Sykes had a breakout season in 2012-13. One of the Knights’ most improved players over the past three years, Sykes averaged 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals en route to first-team All-Conference USA and C-USA all-defensive team honors. Sykes also led the nation with two triple-doubles, becoming UCF’s go-to player in the clutch over the course of his junior season.
His return to the school is a major boost for UCF coach Donnie Jones, who now brings back all the key pieces from last year’s team except senior Keith Clanton, who exhausted his eligibility. The Knights recently added guard Brandon Goodwin to the recruiting class to ease the workload for Sykes and move him to the off-guard position at times.
Late Monday night, Jones tweeted from his account: “You Give Before You Get." #Sacrifice #Team #UTurn #Selfless.”