Skeen Impressive In GSK Opener

Jamie Skeen and his North Mecklenberg High School teammates faced their toughest test of the year in trying to shut down one of the nation's top twenty players, LSU commitment Tasmin Mitchell.

Jamie Skeen and his teammates took that challenge well, defeating Mitchell and his Denham Springs team 69-48 in high school basketball action at the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"I liked it," Skeen said of his challenge against Mitchell on Monday. "I liked it. It was a challenge. That was our first challenge this year with a solid player on the other team."

While the challenge was enough motivation to play well on its own, the college coaches sitting courtside watching Skeen was also motivation to play well, not to mention a little nerve racking. "A little bit," Skeen replied when asked if he got nervous playing in front of college coaches. "I get butterflies every once in a while. Especially when my coach tells me back before the game that Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski and all the big name coaches are out there."

With some of the top coaches in the game looking on, Skeen had a good day against Denham Springs and Tasmin Mitchell. Skeen was 8-14 shooting on the afternoon for 18 points in the win. He also pulled down seven rebounds and played impressive defense on Mitchell much of the night. Still, Skeen knows there are areas of his game he needs to improve on to take his game to the next level.

"Going against him makes me want to gain some more pounds. I just want to get bigger. I'm glad I've got another year," he noted. This summer, Skeen says he plans to cut down on camps and train and eat better to gain strength.

In the meantime, Skeen will continue to take his time in his recruitment and will take more unofficial visits. To date, Florida, N.C. State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Clemson have all offered the 6'8 prospect.

Wake's offer is one that interests Skeen, thanks in large part to the Deacs' head coach. "For one, I know that Skip Prosser is a real good coach and very cool too, he's a very good guy," Skeen noted. "He's one of the best coaches I've talked to, period. He's a nice, clean honest guy."

Skeen has visited Wake Forest twice, once last year, and once recently for the Texas game. "It was good," Skeen said of his most recent visit. "Like I said before, I got to see two great teams and see Texas and Wake Forest go at it. I got to see what I've got to do to play for Wake Forest or any ACC team."

Though Skeen maintains that he does not currently have any favorites, he does have a timeline on when he will make a decision – and it likely will not be anytime soon. "I'm thinking about making a decision towards the end of my 12th grade year," he said. "I'm just going to try to wait it out because anything can happen."

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