Every spring GoBlueWolverine hits the road for a few of the top AAU Tournaments in the country. One we're sure never to miss is the Spiece Run N Slam All Star Classic, Indiana. On the second day of action last spring we ventured over to Court 2 to watch the Michigan Hurricanes in action. Standing out on the hardwood was youngster who had a striking resemblance to Michigan sophomore guard Manny Harris. Obviously it wasn't Harris. It was Detroit Finney guard Isaiah Sykes.
"I get that a lot… people say I look like Manny when he had his braids," Sykes said laughing.
The two Motor City talents have the same build, same height and same quiet demeanors on the court. Both can handle, get to the rack, and are very competitive on the floor. College coaches and scouts made similar observations during Sykes' impressive summer, as evidenced by the high major schools that are showing him interest. We asked him to breakdown the four schools that are coming at him hard.
Michigan State – "I was just up there for Midnight Madness and had a good time. I was impressed with Durrell Summers and they way he can get up and dunk. Kalin Lucas too. They have the support from the fans, plus I like Coach Izzo and the way the team is together. Michigan State was my childhood favorite when I was younger. "
Michigan - "They have good team chemistry up there. Manny and DeShawn are real cool. I had a chance to visit up there and it was nice. I like Coach Beilein as well. "
Tennessee - "They are really athletic, they have a nice campus, and Coach Bruce Pearl is a cool too."
Dayton – "They have a nice campus and when they play they work hard on both ends of the floor. "
Of those four, two schools currently stand out.
"Michigan State and Tennessee are my favorites right now," he said.
With no firm decision date on the horizon, the other programs will have ample opportunity to close the gap. The primary criterion for his choice is he wants to play for a program that plays together.
"The style of play doesn't matter," he said. "I can play in any offense as long as everyone is getting involved and hitting the open man. I am a team player that is the way I like to play."
At the moment, recruiting is secondary for this talented youngster. He is much more concerned with his upcoming high school season for Detroit Finney team that he believes can make some noise this season
"I think we are going to be really good this year," said Sykes. "We have some very good players on our team and we play together as team."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Sykes in the weeks to come.