Decision Looming For Top IL Prospect

It's been a long time coming for Illinois prep star Jon Scheyer, and now decision time appears to be looming with three high major programs awaiting the outcome. After taking an official visit to his home state option over the weekend, the 6-foot-5 Scheyer could be off the board by the end of the week. The question is to where.

"I had a great time this weekend," said Jon Scheyer of his visit to Illinois. "The guys there are great and I really like Coach Weber. Richard Semrau committed to them while we were visiting, which is great. It makes things tougher."

With Semrau deciding to become an Illini, all eyes in his home state are now directly on Scheyer, hoping the Glenbrook North star will follow suit. It's something that Scheyer knew would be tough, which is why he's always maintained his desire to approach the process at his own pace.

"I've been listening to the different schools for a while now, and I knew that we'd eventually get to this point. Now that I've seen everything, it's a tough decision. I think I'm going to let it all sink in over the next few days and then go ahead and talk it out with my parents near the end of the week."

More often than not when a recruit makes an official visit then turns around the next week and commits, that last team's batting average is very high. Of his three finalists, Duke, Arizona, and Illinois, the Blue Devils are the only one that didn't have a chance to foot the bill for Scheyer's trip to Durham. However, that's been the case for many players recruited by Duke over the past seasons.

"They told me if I committed that I could take an official during the season to see Cameron during the regular season. That's what they did with Josh [McRoberts] and Greg [Paulus] last season. I've already visited Duke a number of times, and they've shown me some amazing things."

And what are some of those amazing things?

"With Duke it's about tradition. Coach K is the best coach in the game and not many programs are on the level they are year in and out. What they've accomplished for some many years in a row is impressive, which is why they are where they are. When you combine that with great academics and all the exposure, it's a great situation."

Though sources indicated to TDD that the Blue Devils may in fact have held a slight lead before the Illinois visit, Scheyer is quick to point out the positives of both the Wildcat and Illini programs after his weekend in Champaign.

"With Arizona you have a style of play that would be a good fit for me, and Coach Olsen and his staff are great. With Illinois, it's the local school and they had a great run this past season. They are trying to maintain that level of success, and I know what a great person Coach Weber is."

In the end Scheyer says it'll come down to where he feels he will be the most successful – on and off the court. As he's maintained all along, the five star prospect has a no lose situation on his hands with three top programs battling it out. In the end he'll talk with his family and then put this whole recruiting process behind him.

"It's going to be tough, but it's time."

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