Savvy Scheyer saves best for last
Front page of Yahoo! Sports under the Headline "Duke's Superman":
Getting the point(s)
Duke junior Jon Scheyer’s production has increased dramatically since he moved from shooting guard to point guard 11 games ago. Here’s a look at Scheyer’s statistics before and after the switch.
13.1 / 19.1
Scheyer shooting pct:
.382 / .464
Scheyer 3-point pct:
.350 / .462
2.9 / 2.5
1.7 / 1.2
20-5 / 10-1
The only thing that's odd about those stats is that his assists have gone down...
I dont think john gets the credit sometimes that he deserves. The guy can do it all and just has a mind for basketball!
That is interesting; it seems to me that Jon often makes the pass that leads to the assist. Kind of an ice hockey thing, where they often credit two assists for a goal.
Also, the scoring since the lineup change is interesting; Jon at 19.1 pts/gm; G is 19.7 pts/gm; Kyle 16.7 pts/gm.
On the regular season, Jon was not named All-ACC or even honorable mention; but was MVP of the ACC Tournament, and perhaps will get more individual honors, like MVP of the Eastern Regional.
I'm merely pointing this out to illustrate that some people have been rather quick to point out Jon's weaknesses instead of always focusing on the many, many things he almost always does right.
I hear a lot about glue guys in college basketball theses days, especially guys like McClure. But mainly glue guy refers to guys who don't score but make the little plays all the time to help the team win. Well Jon is another "Glue Guy" but he is also a scorer so that makes him even better. You don't find glue guys who can score often. I'd consider Battier one of these glue guy scorers as well. They are special players, Jon will be on the first team next year guaranteed.
Does Nick Calathes of Florida remind anyone else of Scheyer (minus the clutch bone, perhaps)? Similar sized PG, smooth/fluid movements, solid all-around game, high b-ball IQ... heck, he even looks a bit like him. Florida was one of my favorite non-Duke teams to watch this year because of his style of play. However, I do have to say that he hasn't really seemed to have the same late-game "Superman" gene that Scheyer's HS coach referred to.
On a funny but unrelated note: Ryan What's-his-name (the ESPN anchor) just made a point about how important Lawson is to UNC, reminding us how, after all, he is the "first point guard since Phil Ford to win ACC player of the year." Pan camera back to his co-anchor... Jason Williams. Who just stares at him, slowly raising his arms in disbelief. Doh!
(and as Jay Bilas has alluded to - there's a bit of scripting to some of this - why else would the camera pan back to J.Dub? Don't forget that you're watching ESPN...)