Real Deal: Added Detail

Take a look at where Mike Conley and Jon Scheyer's heads are at in terms of the recruiting process - as well as some of the key players who saw their stocks rise and fall this past weekend in Arkansas.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With Sherron Collins back in Chicago, a lot was expected of Jon Scheyer – and he didn't disappoint.

Despite battling strained ligaments in his thumb that force him to wear a cast when he's not on the court, Scheyer helped lead the Illinois Warriors into the semifinals of the championship round before he ran into Greg Oden & Co. (better known as the Spiece Indy Heat).

Scheyer's shot wasn't all that consistent for much of the weekend, but he found other ways to score and also make his teammates better. He also stepped up when the game was on the line.

Scheyer's best overall game was a 29-point output in an upset victory against the loaded Playaz Basketball Club.

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 in two weeks – 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.

------ Mike Conley may not wow people like Tywon Lawson or even D.J. Augustin – or even Sherron Collins for that matter, but the bottom line is that he seems to make all the right decisions – and he just plain wins.

The man at the controls for the Spiece Indy Heat (sure it helps to have Greg Oden on your team) had his team in the title game against a loaded Memphis Pump ‘N Run team.

While at one time he appeared to be a lock for Wake Forest, it's highly unlikely that he pulls the trigger this weekend while on a visit to meet with Skip Prosser & Co.

Now Ohio State has moved into a virtual dead heat with Wake Forest – and North Carolina occupies the third spot.

``With Daequan Cook committing, I like Ohio State a lot," Conley said. "That put them right there with Wake Forest. Those two schools are leading. Of course, I like North Carolina is a great school – everybody dreams of playing there."

Stock Risers:

Here are a bunch of kids that helped their stock this past weekend in Arkansas:

Alex Legion – So smooth and can really score in a variety of ways. Off the court he's just as charismatic. A high-level guy in the Class of 2007.

Willie Kemp – Showed his versatility and leadership skills. At times, he was a pass-first guy – but when his team needed him to put points on the board, he delivered.

Javaris Crittenton – Outside shot may still be somewhat suspect, but his floor game has come a long way. Established himself as one of the elite point guards in the class.

Earl Clark – Is there anything this 6-7 point guard can't do? He can handle it, distribute, rebound, block shots and defend.

Jermaine Beal – Played solid each and every game. Can play either position in the backcourt and gets to the hole and finishes.

Stock Droppers:

The following are a trio of players who didn't perform up to expectations out in Fayetteville:

Richard Semrau – The Blessed IJN forward is good; he's just not quite as good as advertised a year ago. If he's not hitting his outside shots, which he wasn't this weekend, he doesn't bring much to the table.

Nolan Smith – Hey, the kid is still a terrific player – but he didn't exactly tear it up this weekend. Struggled to knock down the outside shot.

Gerald Henderson – Athletic, but never seemed in sync this entire weekend. Needs to develop a consistent outside shot to go with his dribble-drive game.

Dunk of the Weekend: Greg Oden had plenty, but a power dunk that knocked 6-8 Thaddeus Young to the floor was ridiculous. All Young could do was smile and shake his head in amazement.

Notes: The Memphis Pump ‘N Run team came back from a pair of big deficits this weekend – one in an overtime victory against the Mid-State Ballerz and the other in a semifinal win against Spiece. … Jamil Tucker, a long 6-8 rising senior wing who was a late addition for the Spiece Indy Heat, is more than happy with a reduced role. Tucker mentioned Purdue, Indiana, UCLA, Miami and Arizona – but the Los Angeles native would love to get a chance to play for Ben Howland and the Bruins. … Pierre Niles, who at one time was talking more about the NBA than college, has changed his tune – and for good reason. He's not ready to make the jump. Niles had a lengthy (although not quite as long as his teammate, Thaddeus Young) list that includes Tennessee, Memphis, Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona State. Look for Niles to remain in the state when it's all said and done and pick between Tennessee and Memphis. … Niles' teammate, Wayne Chism, is looking at Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.

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