ONE LONG CONTINIOUS BUSINESS TRIP FOR SKEEN
RICHMOND, Va. – During the month of March, Jamie Skeen and his VCU men's basketball teammates traveled over 7,500 miles en route to one of the most remarkable runs in NCAA Tournament history.
Skeen used that run to launch another journey, one that he hopes will end with him accomplishing a lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.
"Without the run, I probably am not in the position I am in today and for that I'm truly thankful to all my teammates and coaches that were a part of that," he said. "Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, so going through all these workouts and traveling is just one long business trip for me."
After the Rams' run to the Final Four, Skeen finished his academic requirements and earned his Bachelor's of Science in sociology. However, he was unable to join his fellow graduates for the ceremonies because of his commitment to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
"I had always wanted to walk down and get my diploma, especially for my mom," Skeen said. "But hopefully, I'll be able to repay her in a different way with the work I put in out in Chicago."
Since the combine, Skeen has been a traveling fool. He has had workouts with San Antonio, Boston, New Jersey, Minnesota and most recently, Golden State.
"The workouts haven't been that tiring, but all the traveling definitely takes a toll on you," he said. "I just want to do everything I can to impress at least one team. One team is all it takes and that's what I'm trying to do, get just one shot from somebody."
During the workouts, the Charlotte, N.C. native said they work in several different environments, from individual skill drills to 3-on-3 games.
"I think I've been doing pretty good, at least that's what I'm hoping," Skeen said. "I'm just going out there and giving it my all every time. That's all you can do."
A lot of the NBA teams see him as a player who is between a small forward and a power forward. Skeen knows that and has been hoping to show observers that he'll do whatever it takes for him to be successful for which ever team wants him.
"I know that teams want to see me handle the ball a little more or rebound more, so that's why I've really been working on those areas," he said. "I want to show that I can play against the bigger forwards in the league as well as having the ability to handle the ball against some of the smaller forwards."
Those list of teams he hopes to impress is growing by the day with workouts scheduled in Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and Charlotte in the coming weeks.
Most draft sites are predicting Skeen as a second rounder, but if you ask him, he doesn't care where it is.
"I honestly don't care where I go, I just want a shot," he said.
That shot he hopes comes on draft night, which is set for June 23.