The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter for Jon Scheyer. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard from Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Ill., has been to all three of his final schools and now he's in the home stretch of a long and competitive recruitment. What does the future hold for the four-star prospect? Will it be Arizona, Duke or Illinois? Those are the questions he's trying to answer this week.
Scheyer officially visited Illinois over the weekend, spending time with the Big Ten power. He played pick up with Dee Brown, who he calls the quickest player he's ever laced them up with. He spent some quality time with James Augustine and Shaun Pruitt and the rest of the team. He spoke with Richard Semrau, who committed to Illinois shortly after his visit. All of the signs from the trip where positive.
"It was fun. I love all of the guys there. It's too bad a lot of them won't be there for very much longer," Scheyer said. "It was a great visit. I got to know the guys a lot better. I had a chance to play with them and it's great that Richard committed to them. Now it just makes my decision a lot harder."
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In fact, the process has been harder than he thought it would be. You can't blame a kid that is considering Arizona, Duke and Illinois can you?
"It has gotten really stressful to be honest with you," he said. "It's tough. This whole recruiting thing started really early with me so I knew that I'd always have a lot of time in the future to decide. Now that is here, it's getting harder than I thought."
For now, though, Scheyer won't think too much about any of the schools. At least that is what he says.
"I'll probably spend the next three or four days not thinking about any of (the recruiting process)," Scheyer said. "I think by Thursday I think I'll be ready to see if I can get together with my parents and start really thinking about it all."
Scheyer has been to all three schools on visits. He's watched all three teams. He knows the rosters up and down. He's talked to Bruce Weber. He's talked to Mike Krzyzeskwi. He's talked to Lute Olson. All of the bases are covered. Now comes the hard part.
"I'll go through the pros and cons of the schools but you know that's always easier said than done. It's not that simple. It's pretty tricky," Scheyer said. "I'll have to really think about what is the most important thing to me. Who can give me the best opportunity for what I want to accomplish? I want to be able to find the best situation for myself."
Each situation presents it's own opportunity, he said. Illinois is close to home. He's familiar with the program, especially after a great visit. The Wildcats and Blue Devils have their own respective positives, too.
"Arizona has never really had the kind of player that plays my style before. I think it could be something new, something different for both of us. They've had great guards in the past and of course, coach Lute Olson is a great coach.
"With (Duke), it's got to be the tradition and Coach K. What they've accomplished is pretty amazing. There's not a lot of basketball programs in the country that have accomplished what they have. They've got a bunch of McDonald's All Americans there with Josh (McRoberts) and Greg (Paulus) coming in, that's a great group of guys."
Now comes the hard part. Now he has to choose one of them. And his decision could be coming very soon.