Real Deal: Jon Scheyer Playing Tough

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Despite an injured thumb, Illinois standout Jon Scheyer has put together a string of strong showings.

It's been an up-and-down weekend for Jon Scheyer individually, but one thing is for certain: He's produced when it's counted.

Scheyer's best overall game thus far was a 29-point output in an upset victory against the loaded Playaz Basketball Club. Scheyer and his teammates are without starting point guard Sherron Collins, one of the most talented floor leaders in the Class of 2006.

Scheyer's shooting has been affected by strained ligaments in his thumb, which nearly kept him out of action this weekend. He hasn't been as consistent from the outside as usual, but he knocked down some big shots and got to the foul line late last night in a victory that sent the Warriors to the quarterfinals – where they'll meet the Indiana Elite team this morning.

Scheyer didn't give a whole lot of insight into his recruitment other than to say it's a close race to call. He has yet to eliminate Arizona, as has been reported, but the Wildcats clearly trail both Duke and Illinois at this point.

Scheyer is still planning on taking an official visit to Illinois – and his decision could be on hold for longer than people anticipated.

Duke assistant Chris Collins has been shadowing Scheyer for each of his game's at the Real Deal on the Hill. Coach Krzyzewski will come in and meet with Scheyer on Wednesday in an effort to close the deal.

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