About midway thru the first half, Jon Scheyer was playing point guard for over one minute. Neither Paulus nor Smith was in the game at that time.
Does this mean that Coach K is losing confidence in Nolan Smith? I think this is the first time this has happened this year.
Remember that the staff brought in Scheyer with the idea he could be a backup point. He's got a lot of skills. I like him handling the ball more and not being just a scorer.
Nolan just came in for Greg.
I sure don't mind Nolan resting, especially if he isn't 100 percent yet. Were going to need him Saturday.
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Here's the deal -- Scheyer is absolutely running the point. And this change has been coming. First, let's flash back a few games ago, where I noticed that when Jon and Nolan were in together, Jon was in more of the "playmaker" role with Nolan playing off the ball. Someone (I forget who) told me I was seeing things.
Next, in three of the last four games, Duke used lineups without either Paulus or Smith in the game. Scheyer was running the show in those lineups (although it helps that Duke's offense essentially functions without a true point guard, because of all the side pick-and-rolls). Duke went to a Scheyer-Nelson-Henderson perimeter twice tonight.
But, the biggest change was that tonight, it became apparent that offensively, Nolan Smith will be playing off the ball. He got a lot of his minutes at the same time as Paulus. And when he was in with Scheyer, Jon was the guy who brought the ball up.
This is a smart move. Whether it's due to injury or other circumstances, Nolan hasn't looked comfortable setting up the offense, and Scheyer is a playmaker who does so very nicely. Nolan can still guard opposing PGs, but right now he isn't one of Duke's best options to initiate the offense, and kudos to Coach K for making such an adjustment this late in the season.
I am not at all unhappy to see Scheyer handling the ball, particularly if we are in a situation where they are likely to foul. Because he is so good, they may refuse to foul Scheyer, thus allowing us to millk the clock.
I don't see Jon handling the point as anything new. I've seen him handling it especially late in the game when we go to our slow down offense and always felt great with it in his hands. But maybe I'm not noticing the subtleties that others are. Plus he did play a little point last year didn't he
I read an article recently about Nolan being in the game late. I cant rememeber which one it was (maybe here) but if I do I'll post it. Basically what it said was that Nolan had earned the label of Duke point. But, K had "fallen in love with another scrappy PG" in Paulus. Therefor, GP would run the game with Nolan in as a ball handler only.
While I agree with this lineup, I do think that Mr. Everywhere can handle the point and is definitely smart with the ball. Especially if, God forbid, GP and Nolan get in foul trouble. I think K is just preparing for whatever may be necessary in the NCAAs.
Scheyer is a remarkable player. The game is slowing down for him and he always seems to be the right place on the floor. The late second half rebound and flip over his head for the layup was just one example. K looks to be throwing in some late season wrinkles. The team is responding and may be energized a bit by the changes. Tonight is a tough game to judge given that UVa was pretty tired- but Duke did limit mistakes and seemed to make adjustments through the game. This is a very good sign. Also getting Henderson to play at this level again is a huge plus.
I agree with the two preceding posts. I am definitely SOS -- Sold on Scheyer! He does indeed seem to be Mr. Everywhere. I posted on another thread that I thought that he and Singler really understood the game.
http://www.kenpom.com/sr.php?team=Duke . It's a good move by Coach to get him into a playmaking role and kind of force him to be more aggressive. The more Jon handles the ball, the better for Duke.
Jon is so smart with the ball and is a threat when he drives, this creates the spread which is great for our shooters esp. Greg
How about Jon's great touch pass to Kyle (I believe it was) as he was falling out of bounds underneath the basket? Kyle catches and scores two. Bam! Jonny Three-Ball with another brilliant move!
Man I love his style.
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I completely agree that he's taken on more and more of a playmaking role in recent weeks. I suspect that a large part of that has been due to injuries (Smith and Henderson) necessitating him taking on an expanded role. Not that he shouldn't be - he's a very solid playmaker and has always been a heady player at both ends - but just that the injuries emphasized more of a need for him to do so.