Keifer Jerail Sykes is a professional basketball player from Chicago, Ill. He was born to Lisa and the late James Sykes on December 30, 1993 as the youngest of 9 children. Sykes attended Marshall High School and was a standout there, being named to the second team All-Chicago Public High School League by the Chicago Sun-Times. He was offered only two division 1 scholarships, and decided to play for coach Brian Wardle at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Two of Sykes' high school teammates, Alfonzo McKinnie and Vincent Garrett, ended up joining him in Green Bay. He not only excelled in basketball at Green Bay, but he also earned his communications degree.
Sykes went undrafted in 2015, but was immediately signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers within hours after the draft. He played in Cleveland for the 2015 Summer League. He was then invited to the San Antonio Spurs' training camp. Sykes played for San Antonio in three preseason games, and then spent the season playing for their D-League affiliate, the Austin Spurs. During the summer of 2016, he played for the Golden State Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League. After the Summer League, he was drafted 12th overall in the Korean Basketball League draft, and he decided to play there for Anyang KGC for the 2016-17 season. KGC would go on to win the league championship, despite Keifer going down with an ankle injury towards the end of the playoffs. After a summer of limited NBA opportunities due to his lingering ankle injury, Keifer signed with Ankara DSi S.K. of the Turkish Basketball League, where he finished the season as the league's leading scorer at 23.1 points per game. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists, while shooting 50.6% from the field and 42.6% from behind the arc. For the 2018-19 season, Keifer was a standout playing for Sidigas Avellino of Italy's Premier Basketball League. He then started out the 2019-20 season in the Chinese Basketball League, before signing midseason with Olimpia Milano of the EuroLeague. In the pandemic-striken 2020 season, once Milano's season was shut down, Keifer signed temporary contracts to play with the Turkish team Turk Telekom, and the Greek team Panathinaikos.
Keifer is a 5'11", 175 pound point guard that is known for his elite level athleticism. With a max vertical of 44.5 inches, a 3/4 court sprint time of 3.13 seconds, and a shuttle run time of 3.07 seconds, he matches up with some of the NBA's best athletes. He's known for his incredible dunks, which have resulted in viral videos and SportsCenter Top 10 appearances. Whether it's dunking on Frank Kaminsky, dunking on Kaminsky even harder (even though the dunk was missed), skying for a pair of slams at UIC, shutting down the Nike "Chi-League" ProAm, or challenging Malik Monk & Dez Wells to a dunk-off at Chris Paul's elite guard camp, Sykes has found countless ways to make people's jaws drop. If you're ever having a slow day, search "Keifer Sykes" on YouTube, and you'll keep yourself entertained for hours with rim rocking dunks.