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Thursday 04/02/2010  -  Michael Tomko, GoDuke.com
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Jon Scheyer
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Coach K said Jon Scheyer values possessions.

He was referring to the way Scheyer has handled point guard duties for Duke this season, praising the senior guard's ability to handle the basketball and run the Blue Devils' motion offense.

Scheyer though values another one of his possessions.

His family.

"It is great having their support," Scheyer said. "They are the type of parents, and my family and my sisters are the type of people that don't care about - they want me to do well for me - but they are never judging me."

Saturday will be the 22nd game the Blue Devils will play away from Cameron Indoor Stadium.

It will be the final trip the Scheyer family will make to watch Jon play basketball for Duke. The approximately 215 mile trip starting in Northbrook, Ill., where the Scheyer's call home, to Indianapolis, Ind. is one of the shorter trips to go see Jon play.

"They have been to a lot of games," Scheyer said.

"They just want to be there for support. I would say they have only missed a couple games this year. And I would say that is consistent throughout my whole career."

They traveled over 1,000 miles to watch Duke's first and second round NCAA Tournament games in Jacksonville.

Jim and Laury Scheyer traveled over 1,100 miles to Houston for the Sweet 16, over 700 miles to Madison Square Garden, not to mention the roughly 800 miles journey to Durham to see Jon play from Cameron Indoor Stadium.

"We have an apartment [near Duke's campus] and stay locally and do whatever we have to do [to see the games]," Jim Scheyer said.

Their family's favorite trip though, which also includes his two older sisters, Brooke and Jennifer, along with brother-in-law Danny Resnick who all find time to see Jon play, has been the roughly 20 mile jaunt to Chicago.

In that game, Scheyer scored 31 points against Iowa State from the United Center floor on January 6, as Duke rolled the Cyclones 86-65 with the senior guard shooting 10-of-19 with four 3-pointers.

"Does Chicago count as an away game? Chicago was special," Jim Scheyer said. "It was kind of a homecoming senior year. That was a pretty special night."

Everyone came out to support Jon in that one.

"His grammar school teachers, the butcher from our local grocery store, high school teachers, friends, dentists, everyone," Laury Scheyer said.

Scheyer is lucky enough to have two different families in his life.

He has his family on the team and his family from home.

"We're a very, very close group," Mike Krzyzewski said.

"I think when you share experiences, positive and so-called negative, you grow. It's like a family. We have really good guys that lean on one another in those times and share in the really good stuff, too."

The basketball talks stays with the team in the locker room, unless Scheyer brings it up with his family.

"When he wants to talk about it we let him talk, otherwise we are just his parents," Laury said. "We really don't talk basketball much. He has to get away from that and we just talk family stuff, movies and other things."

"Jim has always, anytime they played outside he always made it fun," Laury added. "He never instructed him. We never emphasized scoring. We would always ask for his favorite play after the game, and it was never about scoring. It was either a pass or a block or it was a hustle play."

Scheyer has made his share of hustle plays over his career, along with scoring a few points.

This season Scheyer has been named to six different All-America teams. He is one of 10 players in school history to score over 2,000 career points, ranking ninth on the all-time scoring list with 2,039. He also ranks in the top 10 on Duke's career lists in games played (6th), minutes played (5th), three-point field goals made (4th), free throws made (3rd), free throw percentage (2nd) and steals (8th).

"I think it is nice to get recognition and we appreciate that, but you know Jon would trade everything for two wins here," Jim said. "It is though really nice to have people recognize him."

With 16 games of 20 or more points, Scheyer is enjoying his best season as a Blue Devil, scoring a team-high 18.2 points per game. He has set the single season record with 1,395 minutes played while posting career highs in field goals made (200), three-point field goals made (104), free throws made (186), rebounds (136), assists (183) and steals (62).

And now with potentially two games remaining, the traveling will end for the entire family.

"I will miss the experience; I will miss all the parents, the crazies just everyone associated with it," Laury said. "Will I miss the flying? Not really."

"To me it is the Dr. Seuss thing, the places you go and the people you meet, and I think that has been the one thing for Jon and really our entire family, the girls as well, the people that you are exposed to all along the way through Jon's travel through basketball we have met some amazing people that we never would have been in contact with otherwise," Jim said.


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