Skeen signs pro contract to play in France is reporting senior forward Jamie Skeen has just signed a professional contract to play with ASVEL Basketball Club in Lyon, France — a club partially owned by San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker who is also the team’s Director of Basketball Operations.

A good number of Ram fans (myself included) expected to hear Skeen’s name called in the previous week’s NBA Draft after breaking out in this year’s NCAA tournament, landing on this year’s First Team All-Tournament team (the only Ram to ever do so). But 60 picks later (many of which were real head scratchers) and with no summer league due to the looming NBA lockout, Skeen will have to blaze a different path to the NBA, where I expect him to land sooner rather than later.

ASVEL is one of the best teams in French basketball history. Known as the “French Celtics”, they have won 17 French National Championships, most recently in 2009. quoted Skeen on the signing, “”I can’t put into words how I feel right now. I’ve worked my whole life to get a profesional opportunity and can’t wait to get over there and give it all I have. I feel so blessed to have such a great support system from my family to my teammates to my coaches.”

No contract details have been released.

A word of advice for Jamie’s new French fans from a Ram fan who knows what he’s capable of: enjoy Monsieur Skeen while you can, because he has NBA talent written all over him.

A two-time graduate of VCU (School of the Arts '07, Center for Sport Leadership '10), Mat is a co-founder of VCU Ram Nation and a longtime fan as the ...
Congrats Jamie !!  Before you know it you will be in the NBA. I loved watching you play for our school, VCU, and I'll never forget you. You made my senior year so much more amazing by giving VCU something to cheer about! Bon voyage!
  • Seadove
  • July 2, 2011
You have probably never left your backyard. At least he is going somewhere and it doesn't matter whether he speaks English or Pig Latin, he's paid and he doesn't have to speak French. Maybe you can speak French but that doesn't matter at all if you never go anywhere to use it. So you continue to bash him and he will continue to succeed in your face.  
  • Cassandra_wilder
  • July 4, 2011
Congrats! Cousin  you have done a great job. Looking forward to seeing you play in France.
  • Ben Johnson
  • July 14, 2011
making Richmond proud, never stop!