This was a season to remember for Vandy hoops fans, and VandySports.com was there every stretch of the way to provide the inside view on the Commodores' remarkable run to the Big Dance. Check out Part 2 of our Season in Review, with new photos from Mike Rapp and insightful commentary from Chris Lee![details]
2004 (Sophomore): Played in 33 games with five starts... Averaged 13.8 minutes... Posted a career-high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting against Ole Miss (1/29)... Tallied eight points to go along with six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals against TCU (12/18)... Shot 47.5 percent from the field (28-of-59)... Made his first collegiate start against Cal State Northridge... Led Vanderbilt in blocks 13 times.
2003 (Freshman): Played in 32 games without a start, averaging 9.7 minutes... Shot 47.4 percent from the field (27-of-57) during the season and 47.8 percent (11-of-23) in league play... Posted season highs with seven points and five rebounds in 17 minutes at Belmont (11/21/03)... Tied season highs in field goals made (three) and attempted (five) and blocks (three) in a season-high 22 minutes against Wofford (12/20/03)... Sparked a 16-3 second-half run that sealed VU’s 83-63 win over Michigan (12/6/03) when he rebounded his own blocked shot and followed with a 3-point play on an authoritative dunk and made free throw after he was fouled... Rejected three shots and grabbed four rebounds in 13 minutes against Indiana (11/24/03)... Posted six points at Tennessee (1/14/04) and at Alabama (2/18/04)... Led VU in blocks five times and steals once... Redshirted his first season at Vanderbilt (2002-03).
2002 (Redshirt): Redshirted.
Personal: Full name is Edward Alvah Skuchas... Born June 20, 1983 in Philadelphia, Pa.... Son of Carla and Edward Skuchas... Has a sister, Sarah (25)... Majoring in Computer Engineering... Nickname is “Skuch”... Two high school teammates also signed with Division I teams: Lee Melchionni (Duke) and Matt Walsh (Florida)... Father played basketball at Lafayette College... Sister played basketball at James Madison... Picked his jersey number because his father wore the number at Lafayette College... Played the bass in high school... Attended the “Cream” (1960s Rock Band) reunion concert in England during the summer of 2005... Philadelphia’s William Markward Basketball Club named him its Outstanding Student-Athlete in high school... Received the William K. Beard Memorial Award for the male student who has done the most to foster the spirit, cherish the tradition and promote the interest of Germantown Academy... Received the Frank B. Gummey Memorial Prize in high school for the junior who makes the greatest endeavor in athletics and scholarship. High School: McDonald’s All-American nominee... Ranked among the nation’s top 10 prep centers by numerous recruiting services, including PowerBasketball.com, espn.com and cnnsi.com... Three-time All-City and three-time All-League... Named All-Region... Grabbed a school-record 1,016 career rebounds, averaging 10.8 boards per game for his career... Recorded 127 blocks as a senior, averaging more than four blocks per game... Helped lead team to a 93-20 record and two USA Today Top-20 national rankings during his four years... As a senior, helped Germantown Academy to a No. 5 national ranking by USA Today... Averaged eight points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.7 blocks as a junior in helping school to a 27-3 and No. 17 national ranking by USA Today... Helped lead Germantown Academy to three consecutive Inter-Academy League championships and the “Slam Dunk to the Beach” National Tournament championship... Helped school to an Inter-Academy League-record 31 consecutive league wins... A four-year starter, earning five varsity letters in basketball... Team captain as a senior... Coached in high school by Jim Fenerty.