CHICAGO — When Jamie Skeen gets his way, life is difficult for anyone guarding him.
The Virginia Commonwealth senior presents a unique matchup challenge for Georgetown in today’s NCAA Tournament game at the United Center.
At 6-foot-9, 240 pounds, Skeen resides in the post. But he started his career at Wake Forest — before transferring in 2008 because of academic issues — on the perimeter. He’s the rare player who can post up, then drift outside and hit a 3-pointer.
“We’ve been trying to tell people for a year how good he is,” VCU senior Joey Rodriguez said. “This is his chance to showcase his skills. He belongs at the level.”
Skeen, who averaged 15.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, is most comfortable when he’s doing a bit of everything. That’s shaped by the thought of playing professionally.
“I want scouts to know that I can do more than one thing, that I’m not one-dimensional,” Skeen said. “I do it all, or at least I try to.”
Georgetown switches between zone and man-to-man defense and will likely throw a variety of looks at Skeen. You could see 6-9 Julian Vaughn matchup in the post or 6-7 Hollis Thompson get the nod on the perimeter. Skeen expects to spend most of his time battling Vaughn, who also transferred from an ACC school, Florida State.
Either way, slowing Skeen is a tall order.
“He’s very skilled, very dangerous,” Vaughn said. “He’s quick. He can dribble. … The big guys have to be conscious of him shooting a three or trying to drive around you.”
That’s exactly what Skeen enjoys. If 3-pointers aren’t falling — he’s shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc — he’ll go inside and try to use his quickness to maneuver around taller, wider opponents.
“I’ve seen coaches get frustrated when he’s putting up threes wide-open because people don’t close out on him,” VCU senior Brandon Rozzell said. “They have a hard time guarding him.”