Jon Scheyer Is the Duke Blue Devils' Best Player

Mike KlineAnalyst IDecember 16, 2009

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 27: Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates the win with teammate Jon Scheyer #30 against the Connecticut Huskies during the Championship game at Madison Square Garden on November 27, 2009 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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If there was any doubt about who the best player on the floor for the Duke Blue Devils is, Tuesday night quickly resolved those questions.

Jon Scheyer had a career night in multiple categories, including scoring, assists, and rebounds in that game.

In fact, there wasn't much that Scheyer didn't do well. Which begs the question: Is he really the best player on the team?

The simple answer is yes. While he isn't the most athletic, and doesn't have the upward mobility of a guy like Kyle Singler, Scheyer simply has become the best all-around ball player on the Duke team.

He came into college a known scorer, but not highly touted for many of the same reasons listed above. He can't jump out of the gym and is a fringe NBA prospect at best.

But as far as the college game goes he is certainly not only the best for the Blue Devils but one of the best in the entire nation.

Scheyer is use to being underestimated. While on the AAU circuit, his athleticism or lack there of was often brought into question. He was told he couldn't compete with the stronger more skilled players.

There was also the old "he is white so he can't play" argument, too. Scheyer time and time again has proven the naysayers wrong.

While he still isn't the strongest, most athletic guy in the country, he has that desire which often times helps compensate for other areas. I've seen a lot of guys with all the talent in the world and no desire who amount to nothing.

Scheyer exudes that passion and desire that is needed to be successful. In addition to leading the Blue Devils statistically he leads them emotionally.

While he is not a prototypical point guard, he does everything you ask a point guard to do and then some. Tuesday night's game against Gardner-Webb was the case in point.

There wasn't much that Scheyer didn't do well, but that has been largely the case since he stepped on campus almost four years ago. He wasn't the most highly touted recruit but he has averaged double figures since showing up.

He has also developed into a very capable defender who can hold his own on the defensive end.

Aside from his sophomore year, Scheyer has started nearly every game. In the year, he wasn't he was the team's key sixth man and still averaged double figures in scoring.

Now as the team’s de facto point guard, Scheyer went nearly the first five games without a turnover generating a near 10 to 1 assist to turnover margin. There isn't a basketball coach at any level that doesn't want their point guard to put up those kinds of numbers.

But again, Scheyer's contribution goes beyond his statistical out put. Without him this Duke team would be lost. He is their navigator, their sail, and rudder. As Scheyer goes so does Duke.

In other words, he is without a doubt the best player on Duke's team, one that just happens to be pretty good right now.