Chris Lykes: Diminutive Point Guard From D.C. Makes Statements On the Court

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By David Cordova

In the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., the basketball scene is filled with plenty of talented players. But there is one player from Gonzaga College High School, an all-boys school located in the downtown part of the city, that has a lot of heart and lot of toughness that transcends much larger than his diminutive frame.

The point guard in question, the 5-foot-7 dynamo from Gonzaga that has made plenty of great plays in his four years with the Purple Eagles. “Just the fact that I want to win, whenever I’m on the court, I’ll give it my all, I’ll do what I gotta do.” says Lykes. “I’m a playmaker, I’m quick, I make plays, I play defense as well.”

Just because Lykes is small in stature, it doesn’t diminish the competitive spirit that he has in him, “I mean, it just motivates me to do go I got to do to win, I’ll play 100%.”

 

Lykes elevates in the air against WCAC rival Paul VI in a playoff game at American University. (Courtesy of Chris Lykes)

His competitive play has helped him become of the top players in the Southeast and in the country as he has been ranked No. 45 in the Class of 2017 by ESPN. As a junior, he averaged 22 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game as he led Gonzaga to a 24-10 record and led the Purple Eagles to semifinal appearances in the WCAC and DCSAA playoffs. But best of all, he was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia.

 

His outstanding play then carried over to the Nike EYBL as he played for Team Takeover and averaged 19 points, three assists and 2.6 rebounds per game as he led them to a berth at the Nike Peach Jam. “Team Takeover is a great organization and it gets you better and that will get you ready for college. They helped me develop skills that would help prepare me for the next level.” said Lykes about his experience with the program.

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Lykes goes up for a layup  against defenders at the Capital Classic in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Post)

In his senior year, Lykes put up dominant statistics, as he averaged 18.6 points and 4.6 assists per game and helped lead Gonzaga to a 32-5 record, in which the Purple Eagles finished as the No. 19 team in the USA Today poll and were winners of the WCAC title, the DCSAA title and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational championship. He also finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer with over 2,000 career points.

 

When asked about his final high school season, Lykes replied, “I came into my senior year with one goal, to win a championship. And we did that, so I’m proud of myself and glad that I ended my high school career that way.”

His next destination will be even further down south, as he will suit up for the University of Miami next season. “I’ll be bringing my heart to Miami. I’ll be playing with passion, I’ll play hard all the time. I decided to commit there because they showed love for me in my recruitment and they kept it real with me, and those are two things that me & my family really value, so expect the truth.”

Next season, he’ll be playing in a tough conference such as the ACC alongside guards such as Ja’Quan Newton and Bruce Brown. But even though he is small, he will continue to prove that he belongs. “I got four years, I’ll give it my all and I’ll go from there.”

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