Beyond The Lottery: 2010 NBA Draft Prospect Jon Scheyer

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesAfter living a senior’s dream, former Duke Captain of two seasons Jon Scheyer’s journey is just beginning. The team leader in points per game, assists, steals and free throw percentage led the Duke Blue Devils to their fourth National Title this year, achieving the ultimate validation of his collegiate career.

Forced to transition from shooting guard to point guard during his junior year after Greg Paulus broke a bone in his left foot, Scheyer stepped up to the plate and tackled his new responsibilities without hesitation. His efficiency steadily improved and in 2010 he earned Second Team All-American honors. His commitment and unselfishness is exactly what Coach Krzyzewski looks for in a floor general and why Scheyer will succeed at the next level. Through all Scheyer’s accomplishments on the court, he managed to get named to the 2009 ACC Academic Honor Roll as well.

Judging from his growth and success to date, Scheyer’s got a promising NBA career ahead of him. At 6-5 the hybrid guard has the talent and size to play both the point and shooting guard in the league. He has incredible endurance – just runs and runs like a gazelle, never tiring on the court. In fact, Scheyer apparently surpassed Lance Armstrong’s VO2 Max test score, which measures an individual’s maximal rate of oxygen consumption. Duke’s energizer bunny tied the team record for most consecutive games played in a season (144) and logged 1,470 minutes this year, surpassing the ACC all-time record for minutes played in a single season.

Moreover, Scheyer has the mental toughness and intelligence to excel. He never seems get rattled during games. And his close to 90% free throw rate will be an asset to whatever team he lands on. When I look at Jon Scheyer, I see a Kirk Hinrich type player on offense. On defense, I see him as a Tayshaun Prince kind of guy because of his long-armed, lanky frame and quick feet. Scheyer should be a late first rounder and will contribute immediately.