Charlotte, NC (WWBT)- The NBA Draft will be held this Thursday in Newark and VCU forward Jamie Skeen is hoping to hear his name called at some point during the evening. Skeen was in his hometown of Charlotte on Monday, showcasing his skills for the Bobcats.
Skeen led the Rams on a memorable and historic run this past season and said after Monday's workout that he thinks that's part of the reason teams are giving him a look. The senior forward led VCU with 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during 2010-2011, also leading the squad with 40 blocks on the year. He was instrumental in the Rams' run to the Final Four, highlighted by a 26 point performance in VCU's win over Florida State in the Elite Eight and a 27 point night against Butler in what turned out to be his final collegiate game.
The Bobcats have the 9th and 39th overall picks in Thursday's draft. They finished fourth in the Southeast Division with a 34-48 record, but finished the season just three games shy of a playoff spot.
Skeen is not the only player from an area university hoping to discover his immediate professional future on Thursday. Richmond's Justin Harper is rated by many as a late first round or early second round draft pick. Harper led the Spiders on a run of their own which saw them advance to the Sweet 16. He posted 17.9 points per game during the season.