Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 3, 2013

JC Men's Hoops: Skinner to join former Jaguar head coach at Angelo State

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville College head men's basketball coach Jody Bailey borrowed a NFL term when describing the latest happening in the life of sophomore-forward Daniel Skinner (Dallas, Lancaster High School).

“Daniel Skinner is off the board,” Bailey said in proclaiming Skinner's unavailability on Thursday morning.

Skinner has signed a National Letter of Intent with Angelo State University (NCAA Division II, Lone Star Conference) in San Angelo.

He will be reunited with former JC head men's basketball coach Cinco Boone in San Angelo where Boone was named as an assistant coach on head coach Chris Beard's staff earlier this spring.

“Cinco (Boone) and Chris Beard started recruiting Daniel (Skinner) when they were at McMurry (University),” Bailey said. “Then when they made the move to Angelo State they continued to recruit him.”

Skinner (6-foot-4, 215-pounds) had a plethora of college choices to choose from, according to Bailey.

“My phone rang almost non-stop with every Division II school from Florida to Georgia to Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma wanting Daniel to play for them,” Bailey said.

Skinner, a NJCAA All-American (Third Team), led the Jags in scoring (14.3 points per game), in total rebounds (179, 6.6 rpg.) and in blocked shots (47, 1.7 bpg.) last season.

“Daniel was a special player and a special person here,” Bailey said. “He was our Mo-Jo and the straw that stirred our drink and he had an amazing year.”

Skinner originally played one season at JC and then left organized basketball for two seasons for personal reasons before deciding to return to JC last summer to complete his junior college eligibility.

“To be away from the job for two years and then to come back and exceed our expectations on so many levels was phenomenal,” Bailey said. “I felt like Daniel was the best player in the Texas Eastern Conference last year and he was only one vote away from winning the most valuable player award,” Bailey said. “In my three years at Jacksonville College he has been one of the best players that we have had and in my heart I believe he can be one of the best players in the (Lone Star Conference) right away.”

NOTE: Skinner is the third member of the 2012-13 squad to have signed with a four-year school this spring...He joins Kennedy Eubanks (Tennessee State University) and Nimrod Hilliard IV (Lamar University)...Skinner will always be remembered for delivering flamboyant, rim-jarring dunks, including one that was so nasty and over the top that it made ESPN's Plays of the Day, as well as several other national sports programs, back in December.