Devils Keeping Tabs on 2006 Guard?

With kids committing earlier and earlier nowadays, it's time to introduce one sophomore that Duke – and Chris Collins in particular – will have its eye on.

Jonathan Scheyer is a 6-5, 170-pound sophomore wing from Glenbrook North High (Ill.), the same school that produced Collins.

Scheyer, 16, averaged 15 points as a freshman and helped lead the team to a third-place finish in the state. He is seeing the majority of his time this season at the off-guard spot and has averaged 25 points, eight boards and six assists in the team's first six games.

``He carried us and that was amazing to see from a freshman," Glenbrook North coach Dave Weber said. "He made big shots in every game and the amazing thing to watch was his maturity."

Scheyer, who plays with the Illinois Warriors during the summer, is a player who has a high basketball IQ and simply makes those around him better. He handles it well, passes well, defends and has already won over Weber, the brother of Illinois coach Bruce Weber. If he's got a weakness, it's probably that he needs to get stronger and continue to work on the consistency of his perimeter shot.

``So many kids are one-dimensional in high school, but he's so complete," Dave Weber added.

``I think I'm pretty versatile," Scheyer added. "I think I can play either guard spot in college, but I like having the ball in my hands. But really – whatever's best for the team."

It's only natural that Illinois is probably the early leader with the family connection and proximity, but there are plenty of other schools on the list.

``It's kind of a conflict," Scheyer laughed. "But I know that coach Weber has my best interests at heart."

``I've talked to Chris (Collins) about going to Duke, but I don't think they've gotten to the point where they are serious about me. I've gotten letters, but I haven't talked to Coach K. Some of the other colleges have been more aggressive and seen me play more."

Scheyer said that Kansas, Illinois, Marquette and Cal were all down to watch him in the fall. Weber added that Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, N.C. State and Northwestern have also expressed early interest.

``Right now it's so early to tell," Scheyer added. "It's going to be important to me to look at the way each team plays. I like fast-paced teams – and I want to go somewhere that I know their coach will be around for the while time I'm there."

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