“People don’t understand how hard that man works,” said South Alabama basketball coach Matthew Graves. “He’s done a great job of buying into our system, he’s really excelling offensively.”
If you don’t know the name Rodrick Sikes, you will soon.
“I’ve always played with a chip on my shoulder. Cause I feel like I’ve been overlooked a lot of times throughout my basketball career,” said Sikes.
He’s one of the Sun Belt’s leading scorers this season, and has been a major bright spot for the Jags.
“He’s had to continue to prove himself over and over, I think with having that chip on your shoulder, you never relax and you always want to get better,” said Graves
The junior guard hails from Ocean Springs, Mississippi and is happy playing college hoops so close to home.
“My family is about 45 minutes away, they make every game. Every game I can look in the stands and somebody from my family is there and that’s awesome,” said the guard.
Jag basketball fans have seen what Sikes has been able to do on game day, but they may not know he has a few tricks up his sleeve.
“He can make a lot of different trick shots,” said Graves.
Even back to his JUCO days, Sikes’ been perfecting his trick shots.
Now he just needs to incorporate them into a game.
“Closing out the half maybe, probably the half court one is the most reasonable shot,” said Sikes. “I take pride in my trick shots.”