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Jon Scheyer to Attend Training Camp With Clippers

Sep 22, 2010 – 4:03 PM
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Jon ScheyerJon Scheyer, captain of the reigning NCAA National Champion Duke Blue Devils, has accepted an offer to go to training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers, a league source told FanHouse.

The Clippers currently have 14 players on their roster, one short of the league maximum, though the contracts of both second-round pick Willie Warren and free agent signee Marqus Blakely are only partially guaranteed.

Scheyer had one of the more storied careers in recent memory at Duke, playing starter minutes for all four of his seasons in Durham and eventually capping off his legacy with 15 points in a 61-59 victory over the Butler Bulldogs in the NCAA Championship game. He ended his career as the only player in school history to record at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 250 made three-pointers and 200 steals along with finishing ninth all-time at Duke in scoring (2,077 points), third in free throws made (608) and free-throw percentage (.861, sixth in ACC history), fourth in three-pointers made (297), eighth in steals (208) and 11th in assists (440).

Despite his college success, Scheyer went undrafted in June much to the chagrin of many analysts that believed, despite a relative lack of upside, he could contribute in the NBA right away as a high basketball I.Q. combo-guard who is also able to shoot from beyond the arc. It is a possibility that Scheyer may have been drafted had he not contracted mononucleosis leading up to the NBA Draft, but the fact that he went undrafted rather than being a second-round selection may have actually been a blessing in disguise, according to Mike Krzyzewski, Scheyer's coach at Duke.

"In the second round, it's better not to be drafted," Krzyzewski told the News-Observer. "As soon as the draft is over, if you are good enough, you will be invited by five or six teams, and you will have a chance to choose who you will play summer league ball with. I would be a little bit surprised if (Scheyer is) not on an NBA roster playing next season."

Scheyer's first shot at an NBA team came with the Miami Heat during the NBA Summer League in Vegas, though that opportunity was cut short when he was poked in the eye during the team's second game. The eye injury was later diagnosed as a lacerated eyelid that needed to be treated with heavy does of steroids to reduce the swelling.

The 6-foot-5 rookie combo guard had originally planned to attend training camp with the Utah Jazz, according to this video, though the Jazz apparently decided otherwise and instead brought in veteran Earl Watson to compete for the role of backup point guard behind Deron Williams.
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