The San Antonio Spurs continue to workout players as the NBA Draft nears. This time, the Spurs
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?