|Intro||Nigerian-American professional basketball player|
|Birth||8 February 1983, Lagos|
Tony Oludewa Skinn (born February 8, 1983) is a Nigerian American former professional basketball player, and a former college basketball player, who played starting guard for the George Mason University Patriots. Skinn is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Skinn migrated with his family to the United States at the age of two. Skinn has since been a local of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
In his senior season, Skinn averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. The season was marked by the Patriots’ surprising run to the Final Four. He scored a season-high 23 points and hit the game-winning three-point shot with 10.8 seconds left, in GMU’s ESPN BracketBusters game against Wichita State on February 18, 2006, ultimately landing the Patriots in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 for the first time in school history. The Patriots posted a 23-7 record during the regular season and while they did not win the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament title, they were awarded an at-large bid as an 11 seed.
In GMU’s run to the Final Four, he scored eight points against defending champion North Carolina in the second round, 14 points in a rematch against Wichita State in the Sweet Sixteen, 10 points against top-seeded UConn in the Elite Eight, and 14 points against eventual back-to-back tournament winners Florida Gators.
After GMU’s Elite Eight victory, Skinn told reporters that Coach Jim Larranaga fired up his players by telling them that UConn’s players did not even know what conference the Patriots came from.
“That’s a little bit of disrespect,” Skinn recounted. “Coach told us the CAA stands for ‘Connecticut Assassin Association.”
In 2006, Skinn signed a contract to play with the Croatian club Split, of the Adriatic League, after he wasn’t drafted in the 2006 NBA Draft.
In July 2007, Skinn was invited to play for the Orlando Magic at the Orlando Summer League. In July 2008, Skinn signed with Gravelines Dunkerque Basket in the French Pro A league, recording team highs of 16.6ppg, 3.8apg and shooting 43% from 3pt range.
He signed on August 5, 2009, with Pistoia Basket of the Italian Second Division. On October 1, 2010, Skinn signed with the New Yorker Phantoms of the German League. He then played with Ironi Ashkelon in the Israeli League. He also works at paul public charter school.
Nigerian national team
On July 8, 2012, the Nigerian national basketball team defeated the Dominican Republic, to earn the last spot in the 2012 Summer Olympics. As the starting point guard for the team, Skinn averaged 10.0 points per game in the FIBA Olympic qualifiers. In the game against the United States national team, Nigeria lost the game by 83 points, 156-73. It was the largest deficit by a losing team and a new Olympic record for most points scored in a game by the United States. While the Nigerian national teams performance was less than favorable, Skinn was the catalyst for arguably the most memorable highlight during the 2012 Olympic tournament against the United State’s guard James Harden.