Champion Scheyer Could Make B’ball Aliyah
If Blue Devil is undrafted, Israel awaits
Unfortunately, the Duke Blue Devils defeated Butler Monday night in Indianapolis, Indiana, to become 2010 college basketball champions. (Trust me, it’s unfortunate. It’s like when the Yankees win the World Series.) Which means, more fortunately, that we can extend a hearty mazel tov to Jewish baller Jon Scheyer, the star guard who was the runner-up for the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Player of the Year award.
So, what’s next?
Scheyer’s hometown Chicago Sun-Times argues (via Kaplan’s Korner) that Scheyer’s style of play, which involves great outside shooting and a wonderful ability to move without the ball, is better suited to college than the pros. “The NBA places a premium on athleticism, vertical leap and the ability to create your own shot,” the paper notes: “three things that could keep Scheyer from even being drafted.” (We’d pause to note that former Duke guard and horrible poet J.J. Redick, whom Scheyer idolized and is clearly modeled after, has found great success coming off the bench for the Orlando Magic, playing exactly the way he did at Duke.)
If the NBA does indeed decide to pass on Scheyer? Then, reported Haaretz, Scheyer may travel to the land of his people. “”If he doesn’t make it in the NBA, he’ll be a top player here,” said one Israeli head coach. “He’s a very good shooter, he can play either guard position, and he is a smart player.” So, either way, you can definitely expect continued Scheyer coverage on The Scroll. In case that was a concern.
Is This The End of the Line for Jon Scheyer? [Chicago Sun-Times]
In An Unpredictable Tournament, Duke’s Scheyer Is One Player To Count On [Haaretz]