As of yesterday, Jon Scheyer was announced to be the newest member to the Duke Men’s Basketball Staff. The coaching spot opened up after assistant coach Chris Collins left to become the head coach of Northwestern University. Jon Scheyer is going to be taking the role of special assistant, as Nate James gets moved up in the coaching staff. Scheyer joins a staff that is made up of all Duke alumni, Steve Wojciechowski, Jeff Capel, and Nate James. Ever since Coach K joined as head coach, he has always hired assistants that have played for him in the past.
Jon Scheyer played high school ball at Glenbrook North High School in Illinois, which was also where former coach Chris Collins went to high school. There, Scheyer is most notably known for his attempt at a comeback in a game his senior year. He scored 21 points within a 75 second span. It is described as one of the best performances in high school history.
Scheyer was named Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year twice and was Illinois Mr. Basketball in 2006. He was also offered a scholarship from Marquette when he was in 8th grade. Scheyer’s final four college choices were Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Duke. Jon actually disliked Duke because all of his friends were big fans of Duke. He ended up going to Duke because of his ties with Chris Collins. Collins heavily recruited Jon, and they always had their high school in common and were very close.
Scheyer’s first 3 years at Duke were very successful. His senior year was definitely where he shined, however. He averaged 18.2 points, 5 assists, and 3.6 rebounds a game. Scheyer was a 2nd team All-American and 1st team All-ACC. His biggest accomplishment was the national championship his team won that year. Duke had the best scoring trio in the country that year with Scheyer, Nolan Smith, and Kyle Singler. The three led the team to the championship against Butler, where they won by 2 with Gordon Hayward missing a buzzer-beater to end the game.
Jon Scheyer ended up not getting drafted during the 2010 NBA Draft. Scheyer did end up playing for the Miami Heat’s summer league team. In his first game, he hit a game winning shot, and after that game I thought Scheyer would end up being the backup point guard for the Heat that season. The next game, however, Scheyer suffered a severe eye injury that tore his retina and needed surgery. Jon was never the same after that injury. He tried out for several teams, but never played again for an NBA team. He did go on to play for the Houston Rockets’ D-League team for a season then moved on oversees and played for different teams. Scheyer just finished his season for Gran Canaria in Spain and is now getting ready for his coaching job.
Jon Scheyer is probably my second favorite Dukie (behind J.J. Redick), and I am thrilled to have him back with the organization and hope nothing but the best for him.