Of all the stars of George Mason’s 2006 run to the Final Four, the team’s point guard almost certainly got the least positive press.
Lamar Butler had the lovable smile and the infectious joy. Folarin Campbell was the Big East recruit and big-time scorer who chose to stay close to home. Jai Lewis was the undersized center who toppled giants. And Will Thomas was the double-double machine, arguably the most reliable Patriot that postseason.
Skinn, on the other hand, was famous for his CAA tournament punch and subsequent suspension, allowing his role as an on-court glue guy who could do a little bit of everything to be overlooked.
Well, Skinn is about to get a lot of exposure, on a stage even bigger than the Final Four. Skinn was a starting guard during Nigeria’s win over the Dominican Republic in FIBA Olympic qualifying on Sunday, allowing D’Tigers to finish third in the tournament and advance to their first-ever Olympics.
Overshadowed by more famous Nigerian teammates like Ike Diago and Al Farouq Aminu, and competing against a John Calipari-coached Dominican team, Skinn went for 8 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and had just 2 turnovers in the third-place game. He also got a bit of revenge on the Dominican Republic’s Al Horford, who had helped Florida end Mason’s miracle run in the 2006 Final Four.