Best missed dunk of the early season leads to best Twitter exchange of the early season

Sykes soared, but was ultimately unsuccessful in his dunk attempt. Mary Langenfeld/USA TODAY

Have you heard of Keifer Sykes? If not, get to know the name.

As a junior last season, he averaged 20.3 points and 4.9 assists for a 24-win Green Bay team that beat eventual NCAA tourney 1-seed Virginia and lost to eventual Final Four participant Wisconsin by just three.

He's also one heck of dunker, as our C.L. Brown documented in the preseason. Even Sykes' missed slams are spectacular -- as was the case Wednesday night in a rematch with the Badgers at the Kohl Center.

During the opening minutes of the Phoenix's 84-60 loss to UW, the 6-foot guard took off from halfway down the free-throw lane and leaped right over the shoulders of 7-foot Wisconsin center Frank "The Tank" Kaminsky, who was recently named the No. 1 player in college basketball in ESPN.com's #CBBrank survey.

OK, so the attempt clanked off the back of the rim. Those are mere details. The effort was insane and Kaminsky certainly took notice, using his Twitter feed after the game to thank his lucky stars.

Sykes quickly responded, which led to a cordial exchange about the professional futures of both players. Well done, fellas.