Georgetown interviewed Louisiana Tech assistant Tony Skinn this week. Skinn is a D.C. native and would prove to be a positive and well received hire on the local scene.
Skinn, only 34, spent his college days at George Mason and was a key component to the 2006 Final 4 run. Skinn spent a handful of years playing overseas before returning stateside to make a career in coaching. His playing career also included a spot on the Nigerian National Team in the 2012 Olympics.
Skinn spent 2012-2015 as an assistant with the Nike sponsored Team Takeover before taking an assistant coaching position with Louisiana Tech. That connection came from newly appointed LA Tech coach, Eric Konkol, who comes from the George Mason/Jim Larranaga coaching tree.
Skinn immediately paid dividends as he landed a local point guard who this fan-base is familiar with, DaQuan Bracey, who went on to be the C-USA Freshman of the Year. He also has a letter of intent signed by local forward and Team Takeover member, Anthony Duruji - who had offers from VCU, St. Joe’s and Dayton.
Finding an assistant who is plugged in locally and also provides youth and energy, this would be viewed as a near home-run. Furthermore, Skinn has been noted to work with the point guards at LA Tech. In Skinn’s first year, senior guard Alex Hamilton won C-USA Player of the Year and then Bracey followed it up with his freshman campaign.
The Team Takeover 17U team this spring features six uncommitted rising seniors. All six are in line to be high major players - the stand-outs being Top 50 players in Brandon Slater and Jalen Smith. Team Takeover is the prominent AAU club locally and one of the premier teams nationally and Georgetown would figure to have significant juice restored in that relationship with Skinn on board. It’d also be worth speculating if Skinn perhaps brings Bracey or Duruji with him to the Hilltop.
Skinn checks the boxes we are looking for. Local, young, sharp and connected.