Jonathan Scheyer, a 6’5” All-American guard from Northbrook, IL, led his high school team to an Illinois state championship in 2005 and the Duke Blue Devils to an NCAA National Championship five years later.
Jon first achieved national fame by scoring 21 points in 75 seconds during a Proviso West Tournament game during his senior year of high school. In addition to being awarded the title of Mr. Basketball of Illinois in 2006, Jon is a two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year recipient, a three time All-State selection, and McDonald’s All-American. He was also named a legend of Illinois high school basketball by the IHSA and called “one of the greatest Illinois high school basketball players of all time,” by ESPN.
In college, Jon pursued, and achieved, his dream of a National Championship at Duke University. He famously switched positions (shooting guard to point guard) towards the end of his junior year and was the 2009 ACC Tournament MVP. The following season, he led the championship team in points per game, assists, free throw percentage, and steals per game. As starting point guard for Duke, Jon’s record was 47-7, and he was a 2010 Consensus All American, unanimous 2009–10 All-ACC First Team selection, and named to the 2010 ACC All-Tournament First Team.
Throughout his Duke career, Jon played the most consecutive games in Duke history (144), shot the third-highest free throw percentage (.861), shot the third-most free throws (608), shot the fourth-most 3-pointers (297), and is ranked ninth in scoring (2,077 points). He holds the ACC single-season record for minutes (1,470 in 2009–10) and the Duke freshman free throw record (115), shares the Duke record for points off the bench in a game (27), and had the third-longest streak of consecutive free throws in Duke history (40). He is the only player in Duke history to have over 2000 points, 200 steals, 290 three pointers, and 450 assists throughout his career.
Recently, Jon started The Jon Scheyer Foundation, which is dedicated to developing and encouraging the qualities of leadership, dedication, and perseverance in the hearts of young people everywhere, and giving back to under served communities in need. The foundation hosted it’s inaugural event, “May Madness: Gaming to Give,” at Cameron Indoor Stadium on May 1, 2010, raising over $2,000 for the The Jimmy V Foundation and Emily K Center.
While playing summer league with the Miami Heat in 2010, Jon suffered a serious eye injury and was unable to compete for much of the season. He began playing again with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and then went to Israel to play with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Currently, Jon is playing in the Spanish league with CB Gran Canaria, averaging over 9 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists just over one month into the season.
Career Records, Statistics, and Achievements
Led 2010 team in points per game, assists, free throw percentage, and steals per game
Only player in Duke history to have over 2000 points, 200 steals, 290 three pointers, and 450 assists
- 1st all-time, minutes in a season (1,470)
- 1st all-time, consecutive games played (144 games)
- tied 1st all-time, points off bench in a game (27)
- 3rd all-time, minutes played (behind Duhon and Hurley)
- 3rd all-time, free throws made (behind Laettner and Redick)
- 3rd all-time, free throw percentage (.861)
- 4th all-time, games played (144)
- 4th all-time, assist-turnover ratio (2.98)
- 5th all-time, double figure scoring games (behind Dawkins, Laettner, Redick, and Alarie)
- 9th, all-time leading scorer (2,077 points)
One of 9 players in Duke history to average double figures all 4 years
Record as Duke starting point guard (47-7)
Holds ACC All-time record for minutes played in a season (2009-10): 1,470 minutes
Two-time ACC All-Tournament 2009 and 2010
ACC Tournament MVP 2009
2010 Consensus All American
Second team, All-American (AP and NABC)
2010 Bob Cousy, Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Naismith Trophy, and Wooden Award finalist
Named to 2010 NCAA All-Final Four Team
2006 Inductee, National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Only player in Illinois history to be ranked in top 50 all-time in three categories: points, assists, steals
Ranked in the top 10 in Illinois history for scoring (4th), assists (6th), and steals (7th)
2006 Illinois Mr. Basketball
Two-time Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year
2006 All-American (McDonald’s, Parade, Michael Jordan)
2006 Olympic Junior National Team
Only player since Quinn Buckner to win Illinois title and NCAA title