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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HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Happy Friday, folks. Let this be a reminder that when the sharks are bearing down on you from out of the sky, keep your chin up and grab a chainsaw.

I know a couple of guys who live by this mantra, Troy Daniels and Jamie Skeen. Each man has overcome a few bumps in the road to keep chasing their NBA dream. Daniels barely played his first two seasons at VCU, and just as he was starting to earn playing time, broke his foot. He recovered to record the two most prolific 3-point shooting seasons in VCU history. Skeen, meanwhile, lost his first college coach, Skip Prosser, to a heart attack, then transferred to VCU. He wasn’t immediately a star, but by the end of his senior year, he had led the Rams to the Final Four. This past year, while playing in Israel, he endured rocket fire and had to evacuate his apartment as violence flared up in the the region.

Tonight, the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas begins at UNLV. Both Skeen and Daniels will play for the Charlotte Bobcats team that will take on San Antonio at 10 p.m. EST (NBA TV). Each will be trying to convince the organization (or others), that they deserve a spot in training camp this fall.

So remember, when life gives you flying sharks, you make shark steaks.

Charlotte Bobcats – NBA Summer League Schedule

Friday, July 12:
Charlotte vs. San Antonio, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

Sunday, July 14:
Charlotte vs. Dallas, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)

Monday, July 15:
Charlotte vs. New York, 4 p.m. (NBA TV)

July 17-22:
Teams seeded into a double-elimination tournament format.

RAMS IN THE PROS: SKEEN GETS A SCARE IN ISRAEL

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Former Ram Jamie Skeen is averaging 10.7 points per game this season for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel.

Former Ram Jamie Skeen is averaging 10.7 points per game this season for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel.

Jamie Skeen admits he knew virtually nothing of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict before two years ago. To him, war was in some faraway place like Iraq. He certainly didn’t envision war would come to his doorstep.

But earlier this year, Skeen, the star of VCU’s 2011 Final Four run, found himself caught in the crossfire of the decades-old conflict. Skeen is currently playing for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel’s top division. In the middle of one November practice, team owners abruptly sent players and coaches home and told them to prepare for rocket attacks.

Skeen ran to the locker room to gather his clothes. That’s when they heard the first warning siren, which signals incoming rockets.

“When you hear the siren, you have 20 seconds to get to the safe room,” Skeen says, referring to a reinforced structure within many residences and buildings in the region.

He rushed back to his apartment and his girlfriend, Whitney. The next morning, Skeen says rockets began scorching through the air five and six at a time as people began their daily commute. The rocket attacks would persist for eight days. He says one rocket landed a short walk from his apartment.

“When one lands, your whole apartment building shakes,” he said.

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