Life couldn't be better for Jon Scheyer. The 6-5 junior guard is coming off a state championship in which he dominated down the stretch drive. Now he's relaxing in Tucson, Ariz.
Well, it's not all relaxation.
Scheyer is making certain he gets all the information necessary before making a college decision – and that involved going to check out Lute Olson's Arizona program. Arizona remains one of four finalists, along with Duke, Illinois and Wisconsin. Scheyer and his parents have been in Arizona since Friday and will meet with the Wildcats staff, who suffered a heart-wrenching loss to the Illinois just two days ago, today.
It was really the only time that Scheyer could get to Arizona since he's currently in the midst of spring break and plans to go to the Final Four next weekend.
``I knew I had to come out here and give myself a fair chance," Scheyer said. "My goal is still to make a decision by the end of the spring and before the summer, by May or June. It's going to be really tough because I have a bunch of good choices."
Sources indicated that Duke was clearly the front-runner, but Illinois has apparently made up significant ground of late because of its recent success. Arizona's chances will be determined on Scheyer's current trip in Tucson.
``It was tough watching the game the other day because I really wanted Illinois to win, but I also wanted Arizona," Scheyer said. "I thought it was the championship game." Now Scheyer will be behind the Illini, who he picked from Day One to claim the title.
``I told my parents before the season that they'll win the national championship," Scheyer said. "I just thought they'd be so tough. I didn't think they'd go undefeated for that long, but I had faith in them."
Now it comes down to whether Scheyer would prefer to rest his faith in Bruce Weber and become the first Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois to remain home in a while or follow guys like Shannon Brown, Shaun Livingston and Julian Wright in leaving the state.