Exclusive: Scheyer Chooses Duke

Jon Scheyer announced his decision at a news conference this afternoon. The Glenbrook North (Ill.) standout gave Scout.com an exclusive prior to the announcement.

Most people thought it was a done deal for Jon Scheyer to Duke months ago. However, that wasn't the case at all.

The Glenbrook North (Ill.) High rising senior wing, who recently trimmed his list to Duke and in-state Illinois, committed to the Blue Devils on Tuesday afternoon at a news conference.

``I was torn all the way up until last Thursday," Scheyer said. "That's when I made my final decision, but it wasn't easy. Illinois had a great year and is a program going in the right direction – and fast."

``But I just felt in my heart that I wanted to go to Duke," he added. "I love history and tradition and what better place to go that Duke for that. Coach K (Kryzewski) has been through almost every possible situation. He's an unbelievable coach, I have a great relationship with the coaching staff and I love the players."

The 6-5, 175-pound Scheyer, the No. 24-ranked player in the Class of 2006, had several factors that made the decision more difficult. His high school coach, Dave Weber, is the brother of Illini head man Bruce Weber. Scheyer also attends the same high school that produced former Duke standout and current Blue Devils assistant Chris Collins.

Duke coach Mike Kryzewski has made it no secret of his affinity for Scheyer. At one time a few months ago, it appeared that Duke was a done-deal, but Illinois' success en route to a NCAA title game appearance made Scheyer seriously consider going to Illinois.

``People thought he was just playing around and was going to Duke the entire time, but that's not the case at all," Jim Scheyer said. "He's a genuine person and that's what made it so hard. If he knew a year ago where he wanted to go, he would have done it then."

``This is an unbelievably emotional day for us," Scheyer added. "To think of him playing for Duke and Coach K in Cameron is beyond words. Illinois would have been a great opportunity, also, but Duke is a special place and we're thankful that they believe in him."

Scheyer is a versatile player with a high basketball IQ who can score in a variety of ways. He's one of the top outside shooters in the Class of 2005, and he also passes the ball extremely well. Scheyer will need to gain strength prior to landing at Duke.

``He's a special player," Illinois Warriors coach Larry Butler said. "and he's a special kid off the court. He's easy to coach and the game comes so easy to him. He's two or three plays ahead of everyone else on the court. He's just got an uncanny feel for the game."

Scheyer averaged 25.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and three steals per game as a junior while leading the team to a Class AA state title. He averaged 33.5 points per game in the Spartans' final four tournament games.

Scheyer becomes the first Duke commit from the Class of 2006 to go public with his announcement. However, Scout.com has learned that Gerald Henderson Jr., an athletic wing from Episcopal (Pa.), is expected to announce his decision to attend Duke at a news conference tomorrow afternoon.

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