Earlier today I came across an article posted at another website. It had a catchy title and drew my interest. Initially I was led to believe that former Duke star Jon Scheyer was betrayed by Duke and Coach K. I know that not every Duke player has been happy with their tenure in a Devils Uny (Shavlick Randolph), but Jon Scheyer’s name attached to betrayal from Coach K floored me. I have vivid memories of Scheyer hugging K after great games.
In a everything must be true on the internet moment, I immediately clicked and HAD to read the post. Next thing I know, I am reading a racist rant about the NCAA coddling white players.
The post said this: “The NCAA did this to help white players have an impact on the game but at the same time it ruined the future of a lot of great white players who could have reached their potential and easily made it to the NBAWhere does John Scheyer come in? In the same article, the idiot of a author states that Coach K betrayed Scheyer by not “teaching him the fundamentals and forcing him to be a jump shooter,” He also states “I blame these coaches for betraying players like Scheyer and not coaching them in order to reach their potential.”
The author of this post truly infuriates me! At one point he even said that the cheating of the NCAA toward black athletes was getting out of hand!
First off the NCAA does not favor white, black, purple, green, or orange players. They don’t care if you have blond hair, green hair, or black hair. They don’t care if you can grow hair, shave your legs, or have tasteful tattoos. Stating that the distance of the three point line is such to make the white players relevant is simply laughable. White and black players alike have the same opportunity to learn the basics of shooting and apply that to their game. Laughable and pure comedy, any thought that the NCAA would favor a certain group of players is rediculous.
Once upon a time Jon Scheyer was considered to be the next Jerry West. Obviously humungous shoes to fill, he will not live up to that comparison. It was an extremely unfair comparison then and now! The issue the author had with Scheyer at Duke was that Coach K never gave Scheyer the ability to develop his game and prepare him for the NBA.
Scheyer flowed front the one to two guard sports. Everyone knows that he was better at the two, and while in the one position he never played like a Bobby Hurley or Jay Williams type of true point guard. While at the point it gave him the chance to give the ball up and work the perimeter against a smaller opponent at times getting him the chance for a better shot. These better shots gave Duke a better chance to win ball games.
Jon Scheyer has been called a lot of things. He has been called unathletic, slow, defensively absent and more…But he will always be called NCAA Champion, ACC Tourney Champion, ACC Regular Season Champion, and All American (second team). All things earned by hard work and dedication to a team and coach that cared for him.
Scheyer is not on an NBA team because he is getting more money playing in Isreal. Additionally, while player for the Miami Heat’s summer league in 2010, Scheyer suffered a horrible eye injury which really hurt his process and growth. Mark my words, Jon Scheyer will play in the NBA, just give it time.