Scheyer has Cats in his top four

Glenbrook North shooting guard Jon Scheyer is moving forward with his recruiting process and the Blue Devils find themselves among the 6'6 shooter's final four choices. With a possible decision coming before the college hoops season ends, TDD caught up with Scheyer for an update.

Jon Scheyer, arguably the best outside shooter in the junior class, has narrowed his field to four.

The 6-5, 175-pound Glenbrook North (Ill.) shooting guard recently knocked off California, Michigan State and Kansas – reducing those that he is seriously considering to Duke, Illinois, Wisconsin and Arizona.

``It feels so good to get it down to four," Scheyer said. "It's such a relief."

``I don't have any favorites out of the four yet," he added.

Scheyer plans to attend Wisconsin's home game against Michigan State on Jan. 16 and is also hoping to travel to Durham to catch Duke's home contest against Wake Forest on Feb. 20. He'll also catch an Illinois game at some point this season, but won't be able to make the trek all the way to Tucson for a game this season.

``It's too far," Scheyer said. "I just can't make it out there, but I've been to a game there before and know what it's like."

Scheyer and his teammates are coming off a somewhat disappointing showing in the Proviso West tournament, losing to Evanston, 58-53, in the first round. Scheyer finished with 41 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in the loss.

Scheyer admitted that there's a lot of pressure from those in the community from him to remain in-state, especially because it hasn't happened all that much of late. However, proximity won't be much of a factor.

``I want to win a national championship," Scheyer said matter-of-factly. "There's so many things that can happen to a program between now and when I come in. I'm just trying to take some time to digest all of it."

Scheyer has connections to all four of his finalists. His high school coach, Dave Weber, is the brother of Illinois head coach Bruce Weber. Duke assistant Chris Collins also attended Glenbrook North. Jim Scheyer, Jon's father, works in Madison, Wis., and was coaches at a fantasy camp by Arizona's Lute Olson.

Scheyer said he'd like to make the decision by the time the spring rolls around, especially seeing how relaxed guys like Josh McRoberts were when they took to the AAU circuit with their recruiting process already wrapped up.

``But that doesn't mean I'm going to rush it and make it if I'm not ready," Scheyer said. "I'd like to get it done by then, but only if I definitely know where I want to go."

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: The Cats seem to love Scheyer, but can they take a big wing and a shooter? The Cats are looking at both spots, but with the possibility of only having three 2006 scholarships to give, the coaches will have to prioritize between bigs, big wings and guards. They have Wise in the can already, so they could have some big decisions ahead. There is no doubt, that Scheyer would be a great get. He's likely the best pure shooter in the class and is just a solid, heady player.

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