Sykes spent his four years in college at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The 6'0" point guard averaged 18 points, over four rebounds and four assists on his senior year but couldn't lead his team to the tournament. He was a very productive player at the NCAA level, finishing his career with averages of 16 points, four rebounds and four assists on 45 percent shooting. Questions about his ability to defend at the NBA level due to his lack of length and whether or not he could run a team after being a scorer for his squad are the main reasons he went undrafted.
Sykes is in a lot of ways very similar to Bryce Cotton, a player the Spurs invited to camp last season. They are both short for the point guard position but incredibly athletic. While Cotton is considered to be a better shooter, Sykes did average over 40 percent from outside his sophomore year. Without the burden of being a first option, he might be able to regain that ability to connect from beyond the arc. If he does, he could eventually make the league as a spot up player who can attack closeouts and finish at the rim.
He averaged a shade over nine points, three rebounds and one assist on 18 minutes per game in Summer League as a member of the Cavaliers' squad.
While details about Sykes' contract have not been disclosed, it's almost certain he only has a small guarantee, making him a camp body that could be allocated to Austin. With the signing the Spurs have 18 players under contract. Teams can carry a maximum of 20 players during the offseason, which means the camp roster is almost complete.