4-A Western Regionals Report

<b>WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. –</b> A future Demon Deacon had a huge evening in the state quarterfinals. Jamie Skeen and North Mecklenburg inched closer to the big prize.

Insert your favorite cliché here. James Skeen was "saving his best for last." Jamie Skeen "flirted with perfection." However you choose to say it, Jamie Skeen was outstanding in the N.C. 4-A Western Regional semifinal game.

Playing at Lawrence Joel Coliseum, the future Demon Deacon looked at home as his North Mecklenburg squad ousted North Forsyth 89-65. Wake Forest assistants Dino Gaudio and Tim Fuller and half of the Demon Deacons squad including Chris Paul, Justin Gray, Eric Williams and Kyle Visser watched their future teammate drop 35 points in the win.

Skeen getting 35 is one thing, but the manner in which he did is another. In a perfect first half (9-for-9 from the floor) Skeen made acrobatic finishes and even dropped a 3-pointer. For the game, he would go 13-for-15 from the field, corral 6 rebounds and block 5 shots. Should we even mention the 8-for-12 from the line?

North Mecklenburg is two wins away from a state championship and Skeen clearly has a one-track mind right now. His performance Thursday evening was strong and focused. In the fall of 2006, when Skeen matriculates, you can expect the Deacs to get a power forward who brings athleticism and energy. An excellent prospect as a junior, Skeen has plenty of tools to work with. We'd like to think he can be an even stronger rebounder out of his area but he didn't have that many chances on Thursday because his team shot 67% from the floor.

The second best prospect in the West Regional was Durham (N.C.) Jordan's Dominique Sutton. The 6-foot-4 wing man, a junior, had 12 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to feisty West Charlotte, 54-50.

Sutton has all the tools to be a high-major player. He's going to need to take care of business in the classroom and round out his game, but he's got a chance. He's extremely strong and an excellent rebounder from the small forward slot.

Appalachian State signee Jarvis Jackson led his North Forsyth team with 18 points. West Charlotte, a hard playing bunch of balanced scorers, advanced to take on North Meck in Saturday's regional final. Jamar Tinsley who happens to be Justin Gray's cousin, scored the game-winner for West Charlotte.


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