Story courtesy Phog.net
Last season Jon Scheyer established himself as one of the elite players in the state of Illinois when he was named All-State as a sophomore. The six-foot-five guard backed up the local hype and turned himself into a well known name on the national circuit during the summer.
As he prepares for his junior season at Northbrook (IL) Glenbrook North, Scheyer is also sorting through attention from some of America's top schools and recently cut his list down to a final seven of Arizona, Cal, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
"It was getting kind of crazy with so many schools involved so I cut it down," said Scheyer. "I would love to have a decision by the spring (2005), but the fall would be ok if it takes that long. Right now, I'm worried more about the high school season."
Capable of playing either spot in the back-court, Scheyer is a long and lanky guard who scores in bunches thanks to his deadly jumper. Don't be fooled into thinking he is just a spot up shooter though, he can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim and is one of the most fundamentally sound and clever players in the country who often finds open teammates thanks to his terrific -- yet completely underappreciated -- passing ability.
In order to improve his core strength and quickness he's been working out with Chicago Bulls trainer Eric Helland and as a result he's added 10 pounds and become much more explosive. He's also working to improve his ball handling and decision making, but has focused even more on his shooting.
"The biggest thing I've been working on this fall is getting in the gym and shooting," Scheyer told Phog.net. "I'm really working on my consistency because I had a couple of times last year where my shot left me in high school and AAU. I want to make it so that I'm automatic every time I get a look."
Like most other kids, Scheyer is looking for a place that he can step in and play some minutes and be comfortable with his teammates and coaches. It is also interesting to note that his father attended high school with Cal coach Ben Braun and that he is coached at Glenbrook North by Illinois head coach Bruce Weber's brother.
Kansas has a link to him as well and according to Scheyer the presence of his former summer teammate with the Illinois Warriors, Julian Wright, won't hurt the Jayhawks chances.
"It has an effect on me a little bit, I'd love to play with Ju," says Scheyer. "It's not going to make or break me, but it could be a factor if I'm down to a few schools and Julian is there. But, who knows how long he'll be there at Kansas."
With his school list cut down to a workable size, Scheyer says that he won't be thinking about his recruitment during the season. He may catch an involved school's game from time to time but he's most focused on winning a state championship and channeling his energy towards that goal.
Scheyer can't be talked into revealing a favorite school at this time, but he will continue to follow Kansas every bit as closely as he follows the rest of the schools on his list.
"Kansas is loaded with players and they have a bunch of good guys," said Scheyer. "Coach Self is a good guy with a great personality and you have take a look at what they're doing there."
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