The San Antonio Spurs continue to workout players as the NBA Draft nears. This time, the Spurs worked out Jamie Skeen of VCU according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.
Skeen is a 6-9, 240 lbs. forward who averaged 15.7 points, 1.6 assists, 7.3 rebounds, and shot 41% from the three point line in four years with the Rams.
A highly regarded recruit in the class of 2006, ranked above the likes of Hasheem Thabeet, Luke Harangody, and Greivis Vasquez, he tore his right meniscus as a high school senior, but recovered and made the ACC All-Freshman team at Wake Forest.
Early in his junior year, Skeen was suspended for violating Wake Forest's academic policy (reportedly for cheating), and despite the support of his coaching staff and school to apply for reinstatement; he transferred to VCU.Skeen has solid size for a post player at 6'9, to go along with a strong frame and excellent length. His athleticism is underwhelming, however, evident in his average explosiveness and the awkward way in which he runs the floor.
Skeen averages just under 20 points per 40 minutes pace adjusted while making 56.1% of his shots inside of the arc and 38.9% of his three-point attempts. Skeen has regained his excellent shooting touch from the perimeter, where he has NBA range and smooth, albeit unorthodox mechanics.
Though he continues to show flashes of a face-up game, he is most effective in the post, where he has evolved into a gritty finisher. He is best when executing a simple spin move into a jump hook over his left shoulder, where he can create space using his bulk and finish with his soft touch. He must work on improving his off hand, as his effectiveness as a post-scorer finisher is limited at the next level.
NBA scouts have surely taken notice of his unlikely evolution this March from journeyman role player into an offensive threat against some of the nation's best teams. (draftexpress.com)
Skeen might be a solid big man but still is undersized for what the Spurs truly need - a legit center. With the Spurs already having DeJuan Blair on the roster, it's highly doubtful be would make the Spurs squad.
OK Spurs fans it's tiime to chime in. What are your thoughts on Skeen?
I have seen some video on Skeen and he is a great low-post player and 3 point shooter; superb shooting on those ends. However, he does need an in-between game because in order to rid himself of his tweener status (he's not big enough for the 4 but might not be quick at the 3) he needs to have that midrange game. His previous knee injuries worry me as it seems he's not as explosive as another comparable specimen, FSU's Chris Singleton, who would fare better as a defender since he can guard 3 positions and is more athletic, yet is the same size as Skeen. I would prefer the Spurs trade up to get Singleton, but if it doesn't happen then Skeen wouldn't be such a bad consolation prize since he has better shooting percentages across the board compared to Singleton.
O was checking out the mock draft and they have the spurs taking Kyle Singler with their first pick. That would be okay but i looked at PF's and C's. Along with Skeen, they had Biyambo who i think has the most potential, Jordan Williams, Jeremy Tyler, and the one i liked the most was Kieth Benson. Benson, from his highlights, looked like he a had a solid overall game. Only problem with him is he is skinny and could use more strength to guard down low.
@victor.zavala21209 Biyambo made his name dunking all over high school kids at the Nike Hoops Summit. The Nike Hoops Summit is a USA select all star team from high school vs a World high school age all star team. It could be fools gold. Biyambo presents a problem for NBA teams they haven't had since they instituted the age limit. A small sample size to which to gauge his skill level. Some desperate team will take him. I just hope it isn't the Spurs.
the spurs need size, maybe two 6'10" s who are athletic, and can fly. also a smart point guard. it is time to get ryan williams. tim, tiago and ryan rotating. with a high flying power forward. we can lure dwight howard - then we have a big frontline against the likes of memphis, dallas and lakers. remember a smart point guard who can dictate the tempo of the game, fast or slow - and who can shoot too. the spurs can trade parker for chris paul. then you have neal, anderson, butler and nando de colo
The Spurs have been busy bee's. I never saw him play till the tournament but he and Joey Rodriguez carried that team to the final four. Skeen out played both of the Morris twins in the elite 8 vs Kansas. The sample size is small but he played well vs NBA level talent. But, like you said. The Spurs need size, not an undersized power forward.