One of the best gams of the Real Deal on the Hill last weekend belonged to Jon Scheyer of the Illinois Warriors. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard was paired up against Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson, two of the best guards in the country, and Scheyer didn't disappoint. With one more major AAU event on the horizon, Scheyer will shift gears to his recruitment soon after hitting the hardwood.
Scheyer, in his first major AAU event of the 2005 season, wasted little time establishing himself as one of the elite guards in the rising senior class. Playing with the Illinois Warriors, Scheyer scored 29 points in a huge 70-65 victory over the N.J. based Playaz Basketball program.
The win wasn't a flash in the pan either. The Playaz might just have the best group of guards in the country on it's roster. Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson, Earl Clark, Luis Guzman and Corey Stokes are all major prospects in their own right.
What makes Scheyer's showing even more remarkable was the absence of Sherron Collins, who blew up last weekend at the Boo Williams Invitational. Scheyer had help around him but he did a lot on his own, particularly creating off of the dribble and attacking the basket.
"I heard about Gerald Henderson and about Wayne Ellington and they are two great players. I was excited to play the both of them," Scheyer said. "They were a real tough team and for us to beat them, that was big."
Illinois head coach Bruce Weber was on hand to see the game. So was Duke assistant coach Chris Collins, who actually graduated from the same Glenbrook North High School that Scheyer attends. The two schools are considered to be some of the front-runners for the four-star guard's services.
Prior to coming to the Real Deal on the Hill, Scheyer was on a Chicago radio station and talked about his recruitment. Rumors began to fly around that he had cut Arizona out of his list. He says the conversation was misunderstood and that the Wildcats are still in the picture.
"We were pretty much joking around saying Arizona is too far away from home and we are down to two," Scheyer said. "Everyone was taking it literally but I'm not down to two. Arizona is still involved."
Scheyer recently visited Tucson and took in the sights and sounds of the University of Arizona. His next stop is the Next Level tournament in Dallas, Texas this weekend. Following that the trip to the Lone Star State, Scheyer will take an official visit to Illinois.
"I should be able to get a really good feeling about Illinois after that and soon after that I should have a better idea of everything," Scheyer said.
Mike Krzyzewski will travel to Illinois on Wednesday to visit with the shooting guard. Scheyer has already been to Duke on a couple different occasions.
The rising senior said his timetable may be extended a little longer than he originally had planned.
"I was hoping to make my decision by the spring but it's such a hard decision," Scheyer said. "It's easier said then done."