For what has been one of the Bears' most notable advantages this year became a substantial downfall in a season-ending 78-71 defeat against top-seeded Duke University Sunday evening in the NCAA tournament South Regional finals at Reliant Stadium in Houston.[details]
2010 (Senior):HEADER JONATHAN JAMES SCHEYER Point Guard/Shooting Guard Duke University Blue Devils #30 6:04.6-180 Northbrook, Illinois Glenbrook North High School
OVERVIEW Scheyer has the ability to score in a variety of ways and set up his teammates, his well-rounded game made him one of the top guards in the nation, leading Duke to the national championship last season.
An excellent ball-handler and defender who has recorded more steals than turnovers in each of the past two seasons, Scheyer is one of 27 players in school history with at least 100 career victories and one of 18 Blue Devils to score at least 500 points for the second straight season. He was also just the fourth player at Duke with 500 points and 100 assists in back-to-back seasons.
Scheyer ended his college career as one of the top free throw shooters in Atlantic Coast Conference history, ranking fifth all-time (second at Duke) with a career .861 free throw percentage (608-of-706). His 608 made free throws rank as the third most in school history. He also ranks fourth at Duke with 297 career three-point field goals.
Scheyer is the only player in Duke history to record at least 2,000 points (2,077; ninth), 500 rebounds (522), 400 assists (440; 12th), 250 made three-point field goals (297) and 200 steals (208; eighth). The two-time team captain scored in double figures 113 times, the sixth-best career total by a Blue Devil.
Scheyer earned four letters at Glenbrook North High School. He ranks fourth in Illinois High School basketball history in scoring with 3,034 points. He is the only player in Illinois history to rank in the all-time top 10 in points, steals and assists and was named to the 100 Legends of Illinois Basketball (1908-2007).
The two-time Gatorade state Player of the Year and three-time All-State selection was the only unanimous Class AA All-State pick in 2006, adding first-team Parade and Jordan All-American honors as a senior. He averaged 32 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Spartans that year, including scoring 21 points in 75 seconds at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.
Scheyer averaged 15 points, four rebounds and three assists as a freshman. The next season, he led the team with averages of 25 points, five rebounds and four assists as a sophomore, followed by averages of 26.3 points, five rebounds and five assists as a junior, leading the team to 24 consecutive wins and a state championship, as he knocked down eight three-pointers and scored 48 points on 15-of-23 shooting in a 70-58 win over Waukegan in the supersectionals of the 2005 state tournament.
Scheyer scored 42 points in the championship game of the 2005 Orlando Super Showcase. In summer league action, he led the Illinois Warriors to the 2004 AAU Peach Jam Championship. Named a McDonald's All-America selection, he helped the West team to a 112-94 victory at the 2006 McDonald's All-American game, as he scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-2 from three-point distance, in 15 minutes of action. He also had four assists and three rebounds.
Scheyer was ranked 30th by The Recruiting Services Consensus Index after his senior prep season. He was a member of the U.S. Junior National Select team that posted a 109-91 win over the World Select team at the 2006 Nike Hoops Summit. He previously helped the USA Youth Development Festival Red Team to a bronze medal at the 2005 International Sports Invitational in San Diego, as he averaged 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in five contests.
Scheyer was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team in 2006-07. He ranked fifth among the league's freshmen in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game. He placed third in the ACC in free throw percentage (.846), as he made 40 consecutive attempts at one point, the third-longest streak in school history. He also handed out 61 assists to go with 39 steals and 110 rebounds (3.3 per game).
As a sophomore, Scheyer ranked second in the league and 12th in the nation with a free throw percentage of .889. He scored in double figures 23 times, despite starting just one of 34 games. He finished with 11.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
In 2008-09, Scheyer was named the ACC Tournament MVP. He started 35 games, scoring in double figures 30 times. He ranked 14th in the conference in scoring (14.9 points per game), seventh in free throw percentage (.836) and tied for eighth in steals (46).
A consensus All-American second-team pick as a senior, Scheyer was also chosen All-ACC first-team and named to the ACC All-Tournament squad. He scored double figures 38 times in 40 contests, including seventeen 20-point performances. He took down 144 rebounds, collected 194 assists and totaled 65 steals.
GAME ANALYSIS Tallied career highs of 36 points, 11 made field goals, seven made three-point field goals and nine assists vs. Gardner-Webb (12/15). Joins Danny Ferry and Jim Spanarkel as the only three players in school history to have at least 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a single game. Scheyer is the only Duke player ever to score over 35 points in 30 or fewer minutes played...Returned to his hometown of Chicago to score 31 points vs. Iowa State (1/6)...Matched a career high with five steals to go with 17 points, four boards and five assists at Georgetown (1/30)...Also had five steals to go with 15 points and six assists at Miami (2/17)...Posted a double-double with 19 points and a career-high 11 assists vs. Pennsylvania (12/31)...Named the NIT Season Tip-Off MVP after averaging 16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals in the four games...Selected to the ACC All-Tournament first team after averaging 15.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in Duke's three victories...Made 5-of-10 three-point fi eld goals and 5-of-5 free throws for 20 points vs. Baylor (3/28) in the NCAA Elite Eight.
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON Named ACC Tournament MVP and to the All-Tournament first team after averaging 21.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in the three games...Played in all 37 games with 35 starts, as he led the team in minutes played (1,214), three-point field goals (79), three-point attempts (205), three-point percentage (.385), free throws made (179), free throws attempted (214), assists (102) and steals (58)...Finished third on the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game (550 total), as he also averaged 3.6 rebounds (102) and 2.8 assists (102) per game...Scored in double figures in 30 games with nine 20-point contests and one 30-point outing...The junior ranked 18th in the ACC in scoring (14.9 points per game), seventh in free throw percentage (.836), tied for eighth in steals (1.6 per game) and three-point field goals made (2.1 pg) and eighth in minutes per game (32.8)...Ranked 20th in scoring (14.1 points per game), eighth in free throw percentage (.822), tied for eighth in three-point field goals per game (2.2), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1:1) and ninth in minutes played (34.1 mpg.) in conference-only games... Made three or more three-point field goals in 16 games overall, including a stretch of eight straight games with three or more three-pointers...Recorded 10 or more free throw attempts in eight games, making at least 10 free throws three times...Led the team in assists in 18 games with three or more assists in 19 games and five or more in six outings, as he posted three or more steals in 10 outings...Averaged 18.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals in 11 games vs. ranked teams.
2008-09 SEASON Finished the ACC Tournament with 65 points, ranking eighth at Duke for points in the conference tournament, as he made 12 three-point field goals in the ACC Tournament, which ranks tied for second-most by a Duke player...Scored 29 points and was 13-of-15 from the free throw line in the championship game vs. Florida State (3/15). The 29 points is tied for the 10th highest single game total by a Duke player in the ACC Tournament while the 13 made free throws are tied for the second-most...Tallied 24 points on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field, 3-of-3 from the three-point line and 7-of-8 from the free throw line at North Carolina (3/8)...Came off the bench with 17 points vs. Florida State (3/3), his 24th career game in double figures off the bench...Scored a career-high 30 points vs. Wake Forest (2/22)...Tallied his 200th career assist vs. Maryland (1/24) to become the 36th player at Duke with at least 200 assists...Scored his 1,000th career point vs. Davidson (1/7), as he finished with 22 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals vs. the Wildcats... Recorded 23 points on career highs of 9-of-11 field goals and 5-of-7 three-point field goals vs. Xavier (12/20)...Made a career-high 13-of-13 from the foul line vs. Rhode Island (11/16), as his 13 free throws without a miss is tied for the fourth-most in school history...Added a career-high seven assists vs. Georgia Southern (11/11).
2009-10 SEASON All-American second-team selection by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, NABC and USBWA...Named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team, ACC All-Tournament, NCAA All-Final Four Team, NCAA South Region All-Tournament squad and NIT Season Tip-Off MVP...Scored in double figures 38 times, tying Elton Brand (1998-99) for the third-highest double scoring figure in school history...Tallied 20 or more points 17 times, as he led the team with 728 points (18.2 per game), the 13th-highest point total by a Duke player...Hit on 194-of-221 free throws, as his percentage of .878 rank seventh on the school season-record list...Shot 38.3 percent from three-point range, as his 110 treys rank six on the Blue Devils annual record chart...Made 212-of-531 field goals (39.9 percent)...Pulled down a career-best 144 rebounds (4.8 per game) and had a career-best 65 steals (tied for 19th on the Duke annual record list) and 194 assists (15th on the season-record chart)...Had at least five assists in 21 games, and among the team's starters, his 51 personal fouls were lowest on the first unit...Also had 63 turnovers while blocking eight shots.
2007-08 SEASON Played in all 34 games with one start on the year, as Scheyer was Duke's first substitution a team-high 22 times...Ranked third on the team in minutes played (28.3 per game) and fourth in scoring at 11.7 points per game (397 total)...Also averaged 3.9 rebounds (134), 2.4 assists (83) and 1.4 steals (46) per game, while shooting .444 from the field (115-of-259) and .388 from three-point range (47-of-121)...Ranked second in the ACC and 12th nationally in free throw percentage (.889, 120-of-135)...His free throw percentage was the fifth best single-season total in school history...Had two streaks of 20 consecutive made free throws...Registered a team-best 2.24:1 assist-to-turnover ratio...Collected 46 steals and had only 37 turnovers...Scored in double-figures 23 times, including three games with 20 or more points...Led the team in scoring five times and in assists seven times.
2006-07 SEASON An ACC All-Freshman Team selection, Scheyer was a three-time ACC Rookie of the Week choice, as he started 32-of-33 games, averaging 12.2 points (402), third on the team, tied for 25th in the ACC and fifth among the league's freshmen...Also averaged 3.3 rebounds (110) and 1.9 assists (61), while shooting .398 from the field (113-of-284) and .365 from three-point range (61-of-167)...Led the team in free throw percentage and free throws made...Shot .846 from the foul line to rank third in the ACC...Tied the Duke freshman record with 115 made free throws...Had a string of 40 consecutive made free throws, the third-longest streak in Duke history...Ranked eighth in the conference in minutes per game at 33.7...Tied for second on the team with 39 steals...Ranked third among Blue Devil freshmen with 61 three-point field goals...Finished third on the team with 23 double-figure scoring efforts, including three games with 20 or more points...Led the team in scoring six times.
CAREER NOTES Scheyer ranks third in school history with 608 free throws made, topped by only Christian Laettner (713, 1989-92) and J.J. Redick (662, 2003-06)...His free throw percentage of .861 also rank third in Duke annals...His free throw percentage of .889 as a sophomore and .878 as a senior rank fifth and seventh, respectively, on the school season-record chart...His 194 successful free throws in 2009-10 placed ninth on Duke's annual record chart...His 110 three-point field goals in 2009-10 rank sixth on the Blue Devils' season-record list, while his career total of 297 successful three-pointers placed fourth in school annals... His 208 steals rank eighth on the Duke career-record list, as his 65 thefts as a senior tied for 19th on the school annual record chart...Scored 2,077 points, ninth-best in a career by a Blue Devil, as his 728 points scored in 2009-10 rank as the 13th-highest season total in Duke history...Became the only player in school annals to record at least 2,000 points (2,077 rank ninth), 500 rebounds (522), 400 assists (440 rank 12th), 250 made three-point field goals (297) and 200 steals (208 rank eighth in Duke history).
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Glenbrook (Northbrook, Ill.) North High School, lettering four times in basketball for head coach Dave Weber...Ranks fourth in Illinois High School basketball history in scoring with 3,034 points...Only player in Illinois history to rank in the all-time top 10 in points, steals and assists and was named to the 100 Legends of Illinois Basketball (1908-2007)...The two-time Gatorade state Player of the Year and three-time All-State selection was the only unanimous Class AA All-State pick in 2006, adding first-team Parade and Jordan All-American honors as a senior...Averaged 32 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Spartans that year, including scoring 21 points in 75 seconds at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament...In his first prep campaign, Scheyer averaged 15 points, four rebounds and three assists as a freshman...The next season, he led the team with averages of 25 points, five rebounds and four assists as a sophomore, followed by averages of 26.3 points, five rebounds and five assists as a junior, leading the team to 24 consecutive wins and a state championship, as he knocked down eight three-pointers and scored 48 points on 15-of-23 shooting in a 70-58 win over Waukegan in the super sectionals of the 2005 state tournament...Scored 42 points in the championship game of the 2005 Orlando Super Showcase.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS SUMMER LEAGUE In summer league action, he led the Illinois Warriors to the 2004 AAU Peach Jam Championship...Named a McDonald's All-America selection, he helped the West team to a 112-94 victory at the 2006 McDonald's All-American game, as he scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-2 from three-point distance, in 15 minutes of action. He also had four assists and three rebounds...Member of the U.S. Junior National Select team that posted a 109-91 win over the World Select team at the 2006 Nike Hoops Summit...Had previously helped the USA Youth Development Festival Red Team to a bronze medal at the 2005 International Sports Invitational in San Diego, as he averaged 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in five contests.
PERSONAL History major...Participates in Role Model Speaker Series at the Emily K Center...Won the EA Sports video game challenge at the 2007 EA Sports Maui Invitational...Son of Laury and Jim Scheyer...Born Jonathan James Scheyer on 4/24/87 in Chicago, Illinois... Resides in Northbrook, Illinois.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Has decent size for a "two" guard, but lacks the athleticism to play that position in the NBA...Has good range but will struggle when a defender is in his face...Has a good basketball IQ (assist-to-turnover ratio is 2.1:1) and is unselfish handling the ball...Compensates for a lack of quickness with good court savvy with the timing, anticipation and hands to be a solid on-ball and help defender...Is comfortable spotting up in isolation and scoring on pick-and-roll plays...Outstanding free throw shooter with an effective pull-up jumper from the elbow...Shows adequate athleticism to attack the defensive glass...When he shows aggression driving to the basket, he is effective drawing fouls...When he senses an opening, he drives hard, making it tough for opponents to stop him once he has a step...Deceptive agility, lulls defenders to sleep moving without the ball and is savvy reading screens...Not a great shooter with a defender in his face but is good at finding an open area to get off a clean shot...Stays aggressive attacking the ball on defense and pulling up off screens from behind the arc...Has the court vision and shooting touch to be an efficient option coming off the bench at the next level.
Negatives: Lacks the bulk, wingspan (6-foot-3) and standing reach (8-3) for any NBA team to consider him for the off-guard position...Lacks the quickness or great balance you expect from a point guard...Marginal defender who struggles vs. quick point guards due to a lack of lateral agility...Poor leaper who is not a threat to contest shots...Needs to create space to get his shot off; struggles when a defender gets into his chest...Has decent passing skills, but is not the type who will create shots for himself and he takes too many chances having shots contested, as he also has balance issues, resulting in his poor field goal percentages (made 39.9 percent of his field goals last year and 39.7 percent as a junior)...Lacks creativity with the ball in his hands, which will relegate him to two-guard status in the NBA...Not strong enough to establish position in front of slashers and is often pushed around and boxed out...Fails to square his shoulders (has a very thin upper body) and set his feet properly trying to deliver on the standstill jumper...Lacks an explosive initial step to get the defender off balance, as his marginal strength is evident when he tries to defend on screens...Lack of a true position might see him relegated to D-League duties.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: LUTHER HEAD, Indiana -- Scheyer could become a nice option off the bench as a perimeter scorer and third point guard. He lacks ideal athleticism and strength to be a shooting guard and will be challenged to defend his position. He can be a lights-out shooter when given space, but takes too many off-balance and contested shots. He lacks the power and lateral movement to stay in front of his man when defending the basket. Still, his perimeter shooting makes him a second-round target.