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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Grizzlies get Miami area big Kyle Sikora for 2010-11 class

Oakland University has another commitment from a big man for next season from Florida Christian (Miami) center Kyle Sikora.

“He’s been an under-the-radar type of kid until recently. He was looking at a couple Division II schools. … He’s the kind of kid you don’t really know where he’s going to be because he has such a really big upside,” Florida Christian coach Dan Pruessner said.

Sikora, a 7-footer, joins Utica Eisenhower center Corey Petros as the second big man to commit to the school for 2010-11. Dayton Dunbar PG Ryan Bass is the program’s other commitment for next season.

Sikora was being looked at by Florida State and the University of Michigan and also had an offer from University of Maryland Baltimore County and Fairfield. He visited Oakland during homecoming weekend and watched the Grizzlies beat Oral Roberts on Johnathon Jones’ buzzer-beater.

“That was really crazy,” Sikora said. “It was the perfect time, they had it set up perfect (for my visit). … I visited the school and felt like this was the place I need to be.”

Seeing what Oakland’s coaches have been able to do transforming center Keith Benson was also a plus for Sikora.

“It’s good to know I’m kind of in the same position he was when he came in,” Sikora said. “He’s improved a lot since he first got there.”

Sikora, who hails from the Florida Keys, transferred to Florida Christian for his senior season. He’s averaging 14.6 points per game, 10 rpg. and six blocks, and has sown remarkable improvement since joining the team.

“He’s developed tremendously in the last several months. If he can do this much in six or seven months, what can he do when he gets to that point where he’s got a good weight-training program and four or five coaches consistently working with him,” Pruessner said.

The coach said Sikora’s late blooming and the team’s playoff struggles may have limited the recruit’s exposure.

“He developed so late, pretty much anybody outside of Dade County isn’t going to recognize him to a certain extent, and us not making states, that hurt him a little bit,” Pruessner said.
Sikora said his transfer has paid off handsomely, noting if he hadn't made the move, he wouldn't be in the position to play for Oakland next season.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

History proved itself, he is weak and has not been coached well. Same for his little brother. His high school coach should stop coaching because he is hurting kids futures not know what or how to coach. Just winning games does not make you a good coach. These kids get to college and have no clue how to play the game. The Sikora boys are perfect examples of a waste of height. Changing schools didn't help now did it?

December 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM 

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