RICHMOND, Va. – About two months ago, Jamie Skeen and his Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball teammates won the hearts of the "Windy City" by pulling upsets of Georgetown and Purdue in the NCAA Tournament's second and third rounds at the United Center.
Skeen is hoping to have the same sort of success during his next trip to Chicago after he was among the 54 players invited to the NBA Pre-Draft combine, which takes place next week in the Windy City.
"My whole life, this is why I've been playing basketball, to get this opportunity," Skeen said. "I wouldn't be here without the support of my family, coaches and teammates, so I'm doing this for them and all they have done for me."
The Charlotte, N.C. native burst on NBA scouts radar with an outstanding NCAA Tournament, averaging 17.5 point, 6.7 rebounds and 11 three-pointers en route to being named the Southwest Regional Most Outstanding Player.
His biggest performance came in the Southwest Regional final when he scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Morris twins from Kansas, a duo projected high on the NBA Draft chart.
"Jamie was our guy all year and I'm happy to see him get this chance to prove himself once again," Head Coach Shaka Smart said. "He's a guy with a great skill set and a real chance to succeed at the next level."
While at the combine players will undergo full medical examinations including physicals and interviews with specific teams. They also have the option of participating in individual and group drills.