NEW YORK, N.Y. – Heading into its week-long stay in New York, it was widely known that the Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball team had a bevy of guards that could score at will.
After topping UCLA and battling 24th-ranked Tennessee to the wire, it became pretty evident the inside game of the Rams was just as talented after senior Jamie Skeen averaged 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds and was named to the All-Tournament team for the NIT Season Tip-Off.
"Jamie has been outstanding this year, not just his talent on the court, but also the leadership he has displayed," Head Coach Shaka Smart said. "He's a force that is tough to stop on the block, but can shoot from the outside and has really been great on the glass."
In Wednesday's showdown with the Volunteers, Skeen played a game-high 35 minutes and picked up his second career double-double at VCU posting 12 points and 14 rebounds, along with blocking three shots.
His biggest game came on Friday in the thrilling 89-85 victory over UCLA, when the Charlotte, N.C. native poured in a game-high 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out three assists.
Joining Skeen on the All-Tournament Team were Reeves Nelson of UCLA, Mouphtaou Yarou of Villanova, Tobias Harris of Tennessee and the Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Scotty Hopson of Tennessee.
On the season, Skeen is averaging 15.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks, while shooting 52.3 percent from the field.
The Rams will return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to South Florida for a 7 p.m. showdown in the Sunshine State.