Skeen Impressive In North Meck Win

DeaconSports.com was on hand to watch the regional semifinal game between North Mecklenburg and North Forsyth at the Joel Coliseum, a win for the North Meck Vikings.

Also in attendance were Wake Forest assistant coach Dino Gaudio and Deacon players Eric Williams, Chris Paul, Justin Gray, Cam Stanley, Kyle Visser, and John Buck. There could have been others but these are the ones I saw sitting together and cheering on Jamie Skeen.

North Meck proved to be just too talented for North Forsyth and ended up winning 89-65 after leading 43-29 at the half. If North Meck does not win the championship I would be very surprised because they are a very talented, balanced team that plays well together.

Since I was there to mainly check out Jamie, here are my impressions. This is a muti-talented player who is very long but also very lean and needs to add more strength. He works hard establishing position on the block and has VERY quick moves to the basket.

Skeen looks to be an accomplished finisher who also gets off the ground quickly and has excellent timing on defense as well. He has a full range of spin and drop step moves around the basket and has good footwork. Skeen has a very pretty shot out to 22 feet or so and will be an inside-outside player who will pose huge match up problems for most teams. Jamie runs the court well and has good speed to go along with excellent quickness for someone his size.

His defense can get lazy (like most HS players) but he has a knack for blocking shots because of his quick jumping ability and good timing. He played the entire first half without rest and had 17 points, four rebounds, three steals, two assists, three blocks and no turnovers. The only missed shots he had (in the first half) were when he was fouled and he made both first half free throws.

By my count for the game, he had 31 points, seven rebounds, three steals, three assists, six blocks, and one turnover. Skeen had no offensive rebounds (needs to hustle more for rebounds) but kept alive several shots that others ended up with. The only time he came out was for 30 seconds in the third quarter and the last 17 seconds of the game.

He has great form on his free throws but started to miss some when he tired late. For the game he was 8-13 from the free throw line and ended up 11-16 on two-point field goals and 1-2 from three.

With good coaching from Prosser and his staff along with serious weight room work, he could be an outstanding player for Wake and a big time nightmare for opposing teams.


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