Jon Scheyer is a 6’ 5” guard on Duke 2010 NCAA Championship men’s basketball team, who moved over from shooting guard to point guard towards the end of the 2008-09 season. A high school All-American, he once scored 21 points in 75 seconds of play during a high school game. The 4th leading Illinois Mr. Basketball, he was heavily recruited by colleges. He chose Duke, for whom he was the MVP of the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
In his senior year in 2009-10, he was Duke’s starting point guard and Captain. Scheyer is the only college basketball player under consideration for each of the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, and the Bob Cousy Award as of March 2010. He is also considered one of the top candidates for the ACC Player of the Year Award.
Scheyer began dribbling a basketball at age 3, and played in his first AAU national tournament six years later. Scheyer received a scholarship offer from Marquette University as an 8th grader. Scheyer attended Glenrbook North High School, which is also the high school that Duke assistant coach Chris Collins attended. Scheyer led the Glenbrook North Spartans to an Elite Eight appearance in the state playoffs three out of four years from 2003-06, including a 3rd place finish in 2003 as a freshman, and an Illinois state championship as a junior.The Glenbrook North Spartans state championship team is the only high school state championship basketball squad known to have included an all-Jewish starting line-up.
Scheyer came to national fame in his senior year by scoring 21 points in 75 seconds of play during a one-man comeback effort in the last minute and a half of a high school game against Proviso West High School. He averaged 29 points per game his senior year. He is the 4th leading scorer in Illinois state history, with 3,034 points, and is the only player in state history to finish his career ranked in the all-time top 10 in points, rebounds, steals and assists. He was a high school All-American in 2006, Scheyer was named Illinois Mr. Basketball. In 2006-07 Jon was in the Duke Blue Devils starting lineup as a freshman and led the team in 3 pt field goals attempted, free throws attempted, and free throw percentage (.846; third in the Atlantic Coast Conference). He also tied for second on the team with 39 steals.
He was an ACC All-Freshman Team selection and three-time ACC Rookie of the Week selection. He tied the Duke freshman record with 115 free throws, and had a string of 40 consecutive free throws, the third-longest streak in Duke history. Scheyer averaged 12.2 points, third on the team.
Scheyer was named one of three captains of the Duke Blue Devils for the 2008-09 season. He scored his 1,000th career point in a victory over Davidson on January 7,2009. He scored a career-high 36 points in a victory over Gardner Webb.
Scheyer was named the MVP of the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, after scoring 29 points in the title game. Reflecting his off-the-court accomplishments, Scheyer was a 2009 ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
On December 2, 2009, he became the first Duke player to record 1,400 points, 400 rebounds, 250 assists, 200 3-pt field goals, and 150 steals for a career. On December 16, 2009, he scored 24 of a career high 36 points in the first half, to lead Duke past Gardner-Webb. He shot 11 of 13, and hit a career best seven 3 pointers, while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out nine assists. As of December 19, he was leading the nation with a 6.4: 1 assist-turnover ratio.
According to Doug Gottlieb of ESPN, Scheyer is probably not an NBA player, but his Jewish faith allows him to get an Israeli passport and he would be one of the most coveted players EVER for a team like Maccabi Tel Aviv.
David Thorpe, ESPN’s resident expert on NBA rookies and noted trainer of NBA prospects, differs with Gottlieb. He notes most NBA teams would benefit by having Scheyer on their team. Chad Ford, ESPN’s draft expert, rates Scheyer within the top-60 NBA sports.