RICHMOND, Va. – If one has ever talked to Jamie Skeen, it's automatically clear what his lifelong dream is and has always been. He wants to play basketball at the professional level.
On Wednesday evening, Skeen's dream became reality as the former Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball standout signed with ASVEL Basketball Club in Lyon, France. San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker is partial owner and Director of Basketball Operations for the organization.
"I can't put into words how I feel right now," Skeen said. "I've worked my whole life for to get a profesional opportunity and can't wait to get over there and give it all I have. I feel so blessed to have such a great support system from my family to my teammates to my coaches."
Skeen led the Rams and ranked in the top 10 in the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring with 15.7 points per game, rebounding with 7.3 per game, field-goal percentage with 51.8% and blocked shots with 1.0 per game.
"We're extremely happy for Jamie and his family," Head Coach Shaka Smart said. "Today is a direct result of the phenomenal attitude and work ethic that he showed during his time as a Ram. Most importantly, this couldn't happen to a better person."
The Charlotte, N.C. native was the driving force behind VCU's magical run to the Final Four this past March, being named the Southwest Region's Most Outstanding Player. During the NCAA Tournament, he averaged 17.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 55% from three-point range and 48% from the field.
In less than two full seasons with the Rams (had to sit out first semester of 2009-10 season due to NCAA transfer rules), Skeen scored 838 points, grabbed 412 rebounds and shot nearly 52% from the field.
Skeen will head to France in early August for training camp which will start on August 7th. The season opening tournament for ASVEL is scheduled for August 26th-27th.