Tony Skinn

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Tony Skinn
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Seton Hall Pirates
Position Assistant coach
League Big East
Personal information
Born (1983-02-08) February 8, 1983 (age 37)
Lagos, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian / American
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Takoma Academy
(Takoma Park, Maryland)
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Playing career2006–2012
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Coaching career2012–present
Career history
As player:
2006 Split
2007–2008 Clermont
2008–2009 Gravelines
2009–2010 Pistoia Basket
2010–2011 New Yorker Phantoms
2011–2012 Ironi Ashkelon
2012 Budivelnyk Kyiv
As coach:
2012–2015NIKE Team Takeover (asst.)
2015–2018 Louisiana Tech (asst.)
2018–present Seton Hall (asst.)

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 currently an assistant coach for the Seton Hall University men's basketball team. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Skinn migrated with his family to the United States at the age of two. He has since lived in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.


College career

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 2006 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament title, they were awarded the program's first at-large bid as an 11 seed.

In GMU's run to the Final Four, Skinn 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 the 'Connecticut Assassin Association'."[ citation needed ]

Professional career

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, he signed with Gravelines Dunkerque Basket in the French Pro A league, recording team-highs of 16.6 points per game, 3.8 assists per game, and shooting 43% from 3PT range.

On August 5, 2009, he signed 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.

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 team's performance was less than favorable, Skinn was the catalyst for arguably the most memorable highlight during the 2012 Olympic tournament against the United States' guard James Harden.

Coaching career

After spending three seasons as an assistant coach for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs men's basketball team, Skinn was hired by Kevin Willard to be an assistant coach for the Seton Hall Pirates in the Big East Conference. [1]

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  1. Carino, Jerry (April 19, 2018). "Seton Hall basketball: Tony Skinn joins coaching staff, bringing D.C. ties". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved April 19, 2018.