2009 ULM Basketball Class Adds One More

Just when you thought the 2009 ULM basketball recruiting class was complete, the Warhawks have add another. The Warhawks get a very gifted player that played under Coach Dennis Helms, the same coach that 10 NBA athletes have played under.

Tommie Sykes, a 6'4 210 forward from Odessa Community College in Texas has committed to play for the ULM Warhawks this upcoming season. Sykes will have two years of college eligibility remaining when he arrives on campus.

Tommie was named 1st Team All WJCAC Conference for the second consecutive season, named to the All Region team, and earned a spot in the National All Star game that was held this past weeek. As a senior Sykes averaged 13.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.1 assist, and 1.5 steals per contest.

"Tommie is going to be a wing player for ULM", said head coach Dennis Helms. He is real strong and has a strong competative nature to him. He can shoot the jump shot, but he is at his best when he drives the ball to the basket and finishes. To give you an example, as a Freshman, he once when to the free throw line 24 times in a game".

This past season alone, Sykes went to the charity stripe 227 times and converted 68% of those attempts. More impressive is Tommie's 58% he shot from the floor on 234 field goal attempts.

Sykes played his high school ball in Philadelphia for Simon Gratz. That is also the same high school that graduated current Detroit Piston Rasheed Wallace.

The list of athletes that have played under Coach Helms is quite impressive. Larry Johnson, Moochie Norris, Rodney Dent, Alvin Robertson, Tony Allen, and Ronald Murray are just a few. The list also includes one #1 NBA Draft pick, 2 Lottery Picks, and a total of 8 NBA Draft picks. 71 players have left Odessa and gone onto play Division 1 basketball.

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