2006's Skeen Could Be Close

North Mecklenburg hasn't lost a conference game and its big horse is having a fine year and showing signs of expanding his game. Life is good if you're Jamie Skeen as a pair of high-majors are in hot pursuit.

He's made his last 13 free throw attempts. He's nailed at least one 3-pointer in every game this season. His team is 9-0 in league play. It's good to be Jamie Skeen.

The 6-foot-8, 210 pound Top 100 prospect from the Class of 2006, is having a very nice junior season. "He's getting double and triple-teamed every game and he's averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds a game," North Meck coach Duane Lewis said. "He's been real consistent going 20-24 [points]. He's playing hard and doing everything we ask him to do."

And folks are noticing. Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser has been a frequenter of his games. "Wake has recruited him harder than anybody else and he's developed that relationship and he hasn't put anybody out of the picture but Wake is way ahead and Florida is right there too," Lewis said.

The Deacons, Gators, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Miami have offered. Everyone else in the ACC and SEC seems to be keeping tabs, but its Wake and Florida that have advanced to the front of the pack.

"I think he's going to go to Wake Forest," Lewis said. "I don't know that, and he likes Wake Forest; he's been there to the Texas-Wake game and the Carolina-Wake game. But, he also liked Florida a lot. Those are the two that he's really talked about a lot. I wouldn't be surprised if he did commit to somebody here soon."

A four man right now, his perimeter game, according to Lewis is coming around. He's still most suited to playing the power forward spot, but his game is expanding.

"He's a four, because he is 6-foot-8. He's so big that he's forced to play down low because of that size and that's where he gets it done. But he can handle it, but to be a big time [small forward] at the highest level he's got to be able to really stick it on the deck. He can do it shooting wise and guarding wise. He guards out there better than people think he does because he has all that length. He creates mismatch problems."

The question is: will it be Wake Forest where he takes those mismatch problems or maybe Florida?

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