March 9, 2011

SKEEN EARNS FIRSTS-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT ACCOLADES FROM NABC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gaining praise and accolades from experts in any field is extra special.

That's why Wednesday was a good day for senior Jamie Skeen of the Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball team as he was honored with a spot on the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District First-Team.

District 10 is made up of all the CAA institutions, with only coaches allowed to vote on the squads.

He was joined on the First-Team squad by Charles Jenkins of Hofstra, Denzel Bowles of James Madison, Cam Long of George Mason and Frank Hassell of Old Dominion.

"Jamie was phenomenal all year for us and I couldn't be happier for him," Head Coach Shaka Smart said. "He's an extremely hard worker and a guy who just wants to do anything to help his team win. It's nice to see his play get recognition from the coaches around the league."

The honor comes just days after Skeen was recognized with a spot on the CAA All-Tournament team after averaging 21 points and 5.7 rebounds, as well as shooting 56% from the field in VCU's run to the CAA Championship game.

He leads the Black & Gold in scoring (15.3 ppg), rebounding (7.5 rpg), blocks (1.1 bpg), field-goal percentage (52.7%) and free-throws made (151).

In addition, he ranks in the top-10 in the CAA in all five of those statistical categories.

Skeen's best game of the year came on the night when he joined the 1,000-point club. It came on February 9, when he scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Rams to a 84-74 double-overtime victory at Delaware.

The Charlotte, N.C. native currently stands at 1,126 career points, 634 rebounds, 86 three-pointers and a career field-goal percentage of 48.5%, with those totals coming from his two seasons at Wake Forest and two at VCU.

Skeen and his teammates will now have the week to rest and prepare for their postseason fate, which will be determined sometime Sunday night.

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