Scheyer Looking Forward To Weekend Visit

After seeing a lot of hype surrounding his recruitment earlier this spring, Illinois combo guard Jonathan Scheyer has had a chance to reap the rewards of his hard work in the form of a number of the nation's top programs showing interest. While he's not ready to move forward with his recruiting process just yet, the talented scorer hopes to take a step in that direction this weekend in Durham.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing the campus and Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time," said 6-foot-6 Illinois standout Jon Scheyer. "It'll be great to see Duke and learn more about them first hand."

Seeing schools outside of the Midwest hasn't been easy for Scheyer, who has kept a busy schedule throughout the spring portion of the AAU circuit. In fact it's been pretty close to impossible for him to even try and take a look around.

"I've been playing with the Illinois Warriors all spring, and then I'm also working out with my personal trainer three days a week. He's helping me get bigger, faster, and stronger, but it hasn't left me much time to really think about recruiting. Mainly I've just concentrated on improving."

Indeed strength is the one thing that the lanky shooter has lacked early in his high school career, though it didn't stop him from lighting up the Illinois high school scene to the tune of over 26 point per game as a sophomore for Glenbrook North. And Jon thinks last year was only the beginning.

"Last year I had trouble with people being able to push me around. But I'm working hard and have already added around 10 pounds of muscle. The added strength has already helped me off the dribble and when I have to guard bigger guys on defense. I already have noticed a difference. I'm a complete different player from where I was a year ago."

That complete new player will bring his game to Durham this weekend for Duke's annual basketball camp along with top 2005 center prospect Eric Boateng. The trip will give Scheyer a chance to really evaluate the Blue Devils and their stepped up interest in him.

"At first I was talking with Coach Collins about everything. It was kind of a chance for us to get to know one another. Now he's telling me about how well I'd fit at Duke and how much they'd like for me to be a part of the program there. They said they recruit players and not positions. I like that."

And if he had to compare himself to anyone?

"We came up with a comparison that I think fits. I'm a smaller version of Mike Dunleavy and a bigger version of Kirk Heinrich. Both could shoot the ball and both had a really high basketball IQ and could play anywhere on the court. I think I can play the off guard, or handle the ball a little here and there. I try not to limit myself as just a shooter or whatever."

Developing his overall game will be paramount this weekend for Scheyer, though he's also heading to Duke with hopes of learning more about head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"This weekend I'll get a chance to meet Coach K and get a feel for him. I mean he's probably one of, if not the, best coaches ever. I am a player who likes to learn every time out, and there is so much I can learn from a coach like him. I am hoping I can get a feel for what kind of teacher he is."

Despite all the high major interest early on, don't expect Scheyer to look to commit any time soon, though he has already thought of his recruiting plan.

"Hopefully I'll have a feel for all the schools who are really interested in me by the end of the summer. Then I can start to narrowing them down to three that I can visit in the spring. That way I can commit by early next summer."


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