BOBCATS/HORNETS, SKEEN/DANIELS & STATS/STATS

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Jamie Skeen

Former Ram Jamie Skeen scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win over the D-League select team Saturday.

The NBA Summer League finished up for Troy Daniels, Jamie Skeen and the Charlotte Bobcats  last night in a 75-67 loss to the Golden State Warriors (and ODU alum Kent Bazemore) in a semifinal matchup. After neither Daniels or Skeen played much (or not at all) in the Bobcats first three games in Las Vegas, both former Rams got plenty of run in the final three. After posting a double-double Saturday, Skeen wasn’t able to knock down shots last night. Daniels fared better, scoring 13 points while knocking down 3-of-5 from three.

It’s hard to say if either showed enough to merit an invitation to training camp, but even if Charlotte declines, another team could step in. Both Daniels and Skeen had their moments; Daniels not only hit 42 percent of his threes in Vegas, but he even put the ball on the floor and got the the rim a couple of times. However, his 6-of-24 shooting from 2-point range could be a problem. Skeen, meanwhile, looked lighter and eager to shoot the three, but also rebounded the ball pretty well. If Skeen, whose biggest problem as it relates to the NBA is that he’s always been a bit of a power forward in a small forward’s body, was hoping to show teams he can play the three, I think he made a decent case.

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RAMS SHOW SUBSTANCE IN WIN OVER OLD DOMINION

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Freshman Briante Weber (left) was one of several Rams to step up for VCU Saturday night.

RICHMOND, Va. – If I told you that Bradford Burgess would play 19 minutes and score a grand total of two points in Saturday’s critical game with Old Dominion, would you like VCU’s chances? What if I said that Darius Theus would hand out zero assists or that Juvonte Reddic would score six points?

I imagine if you were a VCU fan, you’d be pretty uneasy with the prospect of some of the Rams’ linchpins struggling in key areas. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t expect VCU to coast to a 61-48 win.

VCU (15-5, 6-2 CAA) showed it has some substance Saturday night before the 13th straight sellout at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Rams proved that while this is Burgess’ team, he doesn’t have to go it alone.

With Burgess on the bench for large swaths of both halves in foul trouble, the Rams still managed to pull away from the Monarchs (11-9, 6-2 CAA). Troy Daniels, 1-of-6 from the field in the first half, buried three straight 3-pointers midway through the second to give VCU a commanding 49-35 lead and put Old Dominion on the ropes.

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