Feeling Blue: For Jon Scheyer, Duke Basketball Title Doesn't Equal Draft Success
"Smiles and cries." That is one of the most notable quotes from the movie Training Day. It could also be used as a perfect description of the emotional state of every prospective NBA player at last week's NBA Draft.
Athletes like as Kentucky's John Wall and Maryland's Greivis Vasquez were nothing but smiles as their dreams became reality, while Duke's Jon Scheyer and Brian Zoubek were feeling the cries.
One would think a team that won the ACC and NCAA tournaments would have at least one NBA first rounder on it. Instead, the NCAA champion Duke Blue Devils didn't have a single player drafted.
Sure, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith returning to school contributed to this stat. You can also take Big Z out of the mix, as he wasn't even on the NBA scope a year ago. That leaves us with Jon Scheyer.
The former captain and McDonald's All-American who scored more than 2,000 points in a Duke uniform is now on the outside looking in.
His big knock is that he is too small (6'5", 180 lbs) and not athletic enough. In a league where the 1 and 2 guards on a team are taller, quicker, and better shooters, teams in the league weren't ready to pull the trigger on Scheyer and make him their man.
Now that the dust has settled, Scheyer's NBA dream is not over. He could still make a team, but he will have to do it the hard way.
Over the past few months he has been contacted by roughly 10 teams and has been invited to play with the Kings this summer.
If he is going to make a team he will have to prove his worth. He will have to do it with defense, shooting, and hard work. The NBA world is not on his side, but he is a winner. He has won on every level and could be a positive bench player for several teams in the league.
We have not heard the last of Scheyer—expect him to make a splash this summer and silently slide right onto the roster of a team.
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