Thursday, December 31, 2009

Isaiah Sykes has a favorite

2010 forward Isaiah Sykes is an interesting case study.

He is only rated as a two-star prospect by, and a three-star player by Rivals. However, Sykes has five offers on the table, including ones from some of the top programs in the country.

Right now, Sykes claims offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Okahoma, Syracuse and Temple, he told me on Tuesday.

He also has other schools showing interest, but could not name all of them.

The Detroit native has taken only two visits, to Tennessee and Michigan.

“I’ve gotta visit the rest,” Sykes said, although he did mention that both schools he saw have great programs.

For now, though, one school stands out.

“I like Tennessee a lot,” he said. “They’re my favorite.”

Don’t count out the lone Big East program in the group, though, as he is still strongly considering Syracuse.

“[I like] their style of play, great coaches and the history they have,” Sykes said.

Although he does not have a timetable for his decision, he did say that he is looking closely at style of play and coaching, and will likely pick a school after the season.

It will be interesting to see which is closer to Sykes’ true rating: the high-major coaches offering him or the scouting services potentially underrating him.

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