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Tony Skinn
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Personal information
Born (1983-02-08) February 8, 1983 (age 32)
Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian / American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Takoma Academy
(Takoma Park, Maryland)
College Blinn College (2001–2002)
George Mason (2003–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Pro career 2006–present
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Career history
2006 Split (Adriatic)
2007–2008 Clermont (France)
2008–2009 Gravelines (France)
2009–2010 Pistoia Basket (Italy 2nd)
2010–2011 New Yorker Phantoms (Germany)
2011–2012 Ironi Ashkelon (Israel)

Tony Oludewa Skinn (born February 8, 1983) is a Nigerian American professional basketball player, and a former college basketball player, who played starting guard for the George Mason University Patriots. Skinn was born in Lagos, Nigeria.

College career[edit]

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.

In the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association conference tournament GMU lost against Hofstra 58-49 but GMU was awarded the 11th seed in the Washington, D.C. regional of the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where Skinn, serving a one-game suspension for the Stokes incident, watched as his teammates upset sixth seed Michigan State, 75-65.[1]

In GMU's run to the Final Four, he scored eight points against North Carolina in the second round, 14 points in a rematch against Wichita State in the Sweet Sixteen, and 10 points against UConn in the Elite Eight.

After the game, 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."[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

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. He played on the same summer league team as former Hofstra University guard Loren Stokes, whom he had controversies with during the 2006 CAA conference tourney.

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 Oct 1st, 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[edit]

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,They lost the game by 83 points, 156-73. It was the biggest blowout ever in a FIBA Olympic game.


  1. ^ Powell, Camille (19 March 2006). "For George Mason, It's Skinn's Game". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 

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109 news items

WDIV Detroit
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:02:28 -0700

Corey Brewer and Lee Humphrey scored 19 apiece, while Al Horford grabbed 13 rebounds for the Gators. Joakim Noah chipped in 12 points and eight boards. The Patriots were led by Lewis and Tony Skinn, who each scored 13 points. Lewis also grabbed ...
Washington Post (blog)
Fri, 03 Aug 2012 07:36:34 -0700

Since I wrote about former George Mason point guard Tony Skinn going to the Olympics with the Nigerian team, I should probably provide these two updates. 1) Skinn's team lost by 83 points to the U.S. on Thursday. Through three games, Nigeria is 1-2 ...
Washington Post
Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:39:50 -0700

It's easy to overlook Tony Skinn's name in a quick scan of the Nigerian men's basketball team's roster. Guard, Anthony Oludewa Skinn, Number 4. “Obviously Anthony is my real name,” said Skinn, “But, I don't know if they wanted to make my name to sound ...
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:02:52 -0700

In honor of every underdog team looking to knock off a top seed in this year's NCAA tournament, we tracked down players who came from obscurity to pull off a stunning upset—and then, usually, returned to obscurity. Here we speak with Tony Skinn, guard ...
Washington Post (blog)
Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:22:34 -0700

(Carlos Garcia Rawlins - Reuters) 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 ...
Mon, 09 Jul 2012 13:45:40 -0700

Skinn scored eight points, dished five assists and grabbed four rebounds as the Nigerians beat the Dominican Republic (coached by John Calipari) on Sunday, 88-73, for the final spot in the field. That's a nice bit of history for Skinn, who was born in ...


Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:56:15 -0700

To make matters worse, Patriots coach Jim Larranaga had suspended senior guard Tony Skinn for the first round, meaning the team would be without its second-leading scorer. Skinn had hit Hofstra's Loren Stokes with a cheap shot between the legs in the ...
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:22:30 -0700

All five George Mason starters scored in double figures, led by Jai Lewis' 20; for the season the Patriots' five starters averaged more than 10 points per game: Lewis (13.7), Tony Skinn (12.6), Lamar Butler (11.9), Will Thomas (11.8) and Folarin ...

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