(Wednesday October 16, 2019 – Moncton, NB.) With just under a month now from the start of the Moncton Magic’s training camp, the team continues to add size, athleticism, and depth to their roster. Most recently, the team announced today the signing of 6’9” forward Joshua Sykes.
Sykes, a 23-year-old, hailing from Merced, California marks the 15thplayer the Magic have announced for their upcoming training camp. Head Coach and GM of Player Operations Joe Salerno believes he may have found a diamond in the rough when it comes to the athletic forward.
“Josh has had a bit of an unconventional path to the pro ball, but I believe he could be a tremendous talent that has been flying a bit under the radar” stated Salerno. “He is an incredible athlete, a true high-flyer, with a nice skill set at his size. I think he is a young guy, with huge upside, and again could be a true find for us this off-season.”
Sykes played two years for Fresno City College from 2014-2016, before being drafted in the 3rdround (67thoverall) in the 2017 NBA G League Draft by the Aqua Caliente Clippers, the sole affiliate of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. After failing to make the team’s final roster, he signed his first professional contract with the Eltham Wildcats, a member of one of Australia’s top divisions the NBL 1, where he has played the past two seasons.
Last season Sykes had a breakout year for the Wildcats, averaging 14.4 points, and 7.7 rebounds per game, while shooting a blistering 60% from the floor, and 40% from the 3-point line. The versatile forward also showed he was one of the top defenders in the league in 2019, averaging 2.5 blocks (good enough for 4thin the league) while tacking on 1.3 steals per game, a big reason why Salerno has brought him into training camp.
“Adding a guy with Josh’s length and athleticism, to go along with his defensive prowess, will be big for us this year. I feel Josh can be an elite defender here in the NBL” commented Salerno.
For Sykes, the NBL Canada offers a new challenge, one he is looking forward to.
“I am very honored to receive a contract from the defending Champions the Moncton Magic. I’m looking forward to playing for Coach Salerno and his staff. I know it will be a great year for me coming into such a competitive league. I am excited to come in and bring an energy that will try to help us repeat least year’s tremendous season.”
About MONCTON MAGICHeadquartered in Moncton, NB, the MONCTON MAGIC is a professional basketball organization that operates under a licensing agreement with the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). The team will play its games in a two-conference league with clubs located in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
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