DURHAM, N.C. – Duke senior Jon Scheyer was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Blue Devils to wins over Gardner-Webb and No. 15 Gonzaga last week.
Scheyer averaged 28.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the two games as he earned his second weekly honor of the season. The Northbrook, Ill., native shot 64.0 percent (16-of-25) from the field, 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from three-point range and 93.8 percent (15-of-16) from the foul line for the week.
Against Gardner-Webb, Scheyer recorded a career-high 36 points to go along with eight rebounds and a career-best nine assists in last Tuesday’s 113-68 win over Gardner-Webb. He was 11-of-13 from the field, including 7-of-9 from three-point range in the contest. He is only the third player in Duke history with at least 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a single game. He is the only player in school history with 35 or more points in 30 or fewer minutes of action.
Scheyer followed his performance with 20 points, five rebounds and eight assists in Duke’s 76-41 win over 15th-ranked Gonzaga Saturday in New York’s Madison Square Garden. The 35-point loss for Gonzaga was the program’s worst since 1984.
The Blue Devils will return to action Dec. 29 when they host Long Beach State at 7 p.m.
Jon Scheyer talked of social media groups, such as Twitter and Facebook, his parents’ support and thoughts on playing for Coach K in Part 1 of a recent one-on-one interview with the senior [private] co-captain.
Jon Scheyer has proven himself to be a versatile player at Duke. He has the ability to score, rebound, defend, and run the offense. Prior to his arrival in Durham, the 6-5 180 pound shooting guard became infamous by scoring 21 points in 75 seconds as a senior on Glenbrook North HS basketball team. Ranked as the twentieth best player in the Class of 2006, and the number three shooting guard, Blue Devil fans much anticipated Scheyer’s arrival in Durham.
Over the course of his first two seasons, Scheyer has lived up to the hype by averaging 11.9 points in 31 minutes per game. He has also dished out 2.1 assist per game and served as the back-up point guard. Duke’s offense efficiently flows with Scheyer operating as the primary ball handler. He has the best assists to turnover ratio on the team. An added benefit of Scheyer handling the ball, especially late in the game, is his 86.7 percent career free throw percentage. Scheyer has averaged 3.6 rebounds per game with a single game high of 12 in the overtime loss to Pittsburgh last December. His strength is having the versatility to accomplish what is needed within the flow of the game.
As a freshman, Scheyer started 32 games, but last season Coach Krzyzewski moved Scheyer into the sixth man role. Coming off the bench, Scheyer played the third most minutes, behind DeMarcus Nelson and Kyle Singler, and was the team’s fourth leading scorer. The move from starter to sixth man did not affect Scheyer’s productivity.
Jon Scheyer’s performance during his junior season will be key to the success of the Blue Devils. He is now a very experienced upperclassman and with leading scorer DeMarcus Nelson lost to graduation, Duke will look toward Scheyer to be one of the players having the ball in his hands more often and taking additional shots. Being effective with those extra possessions is a must for the upperclassman. Scheyer does not need to score 21 points in 75 seconds, he just needs to continue being consistent and versatile.