Skeen Talks State Title

The beginning of March was sweet for Wake Forest commitment Jamie Skeen. A 6'8 forward from North Mecklenburg High School, Skeen earned his first state championship this month.

In the state title game, Jamie Skeen erupted for 17 points and 14 rebounds in a close fought victory over Fayetteville Westover. In that game, the future Demon Deacon from the high school class of 2006 was very aggressive on the boards all night. "I knew that they were little, so I had to be aggressive, real aggressive and try to intimidate them," Skeen said. "That's why I came out real strong. I played well but at the end, I fouled out, but my teammates came up and made big plays."

According to Skeen, the state title game and the atmosphere surrounding it was one of the craziest atmospheres he had played in to date. "The fans, the Westover fans were crazy," he said. "They were saying I'm not going to Wake Forest, I'm going to fake Forest. The coaches from Westover were talking trash to me, but I just tuned that out and keep playing hard and we pulled out the win."

The win was the highlight of Skeen's career to date. "It feels good," said the 6'8 junior. "Me at the end jumping around the court – I never jump around like that. I was so happy."

Happiness for Skeen does not mean he is content with his accomplishments, however. "I don't want to say that [we will win it all next year] right now, but we're going to work hard and try to get back here. We're going to work hard and fill in spots for the next season, replacing some of our better players."

While Skeen has already won one championship and hopes for another, he was also elated to hear that future Deacon teammate Kevin Swinton also won a state title. "I think that's a sign," Skeen said of their respective accomplishments. "I think that's a sign that we're going to be pretty good working together. We're really going to win some games at Wake Forest."

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