CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – It's not uncommon for young adults to make annual trips to Las Vegas. However, it is uncommon for those trips to be work related.

That's exactly what former VCU standout Jamie Skeen will be doing next week as he earned an invite to play with the Charlotte Hornets Summer League team, his second straight summer with his hometown squad.

"It's nice to have some familiarity after being here last year. My plan is to come in and work as hard as I can to get an opportunity to make the squad," Skeen said.

The Charlotte, N.C. native was the driving force behind VCU's magical Final Four run, being named the Southwest Region Most Outstanding Player. During the run, he averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebound ad shot 55% from beyond the arc and 48% from the field.

In less than two full seasons at VCU (he had to sit out the first semester of 2009-10 due to NCAA transfer rules), Skeen scored 838 points, grabbed 412 rebounds and shot nearly 52% from the field.

Since leaving the Rams, Skeen has played in Europe with stops in France, Israel and Italy. He also played in Puerto Rico this past season.

This will be Skeen's fourth straight summer in the NBA Summer League.