Jon Scheyer finished at Duke in 2010 as part of a remarkable national championship team. Remember it all?
In a classic Coach K move, he shook up the roster late in the season. Earlier he had gone with Miles Plumlee, Kyle Singler, Lance Thomas, Nolan Smith and Scheyer.
By the time Duke played Maryland though, on February 13th, Krzyzewski had moved Brian Zoubek into the lineup and slowed the team’s pace to accomodate him.
Zoubek was enormous but had had injuries during his career that slowed him down. When he was called on though, he was ready and his role was basically defense and rebounding.
And Duke began to rebound and then kick out for threes which worked great.
He also moved Scheyer to point guard and the 6-5 Chicagoan ran the team beautifully, particularly since he was not a natural point guard.
We used to watch him and think when will he make a mistake?
Because he rarely did.
By the time the Final Four rolled around, Scheyer was orchestrating the team beautifully.
Duke, including Scheyer, were pushed around by West Virginia in 2007-08 but when they met in the 2010 Final Four, Duke handled the Mountaineers with relative ease.
The finals with Butler were another matter though.
Brad Stevens was emerging as a wunderkind coach and Duke simply could not shake the aptly-named Bulldogs.
Butler’s defense was superb. Scheyer played 37 minutes, scored 15 points (out of 61 total), grabbed six rebounds and had five assists to just two turnovers.
You can see here how well he played in the final minute against Butler and here are his career highlights.