As first posted on the boards, this feature on Scheyer explores his journey to Duke and his acclimation to campus and to the basketball program itself.

Here’s a sampling:

Rigorous conditioning and a dawn-’til-dusk schedule have not turned Scheyer into Mr. Universe. He looks somewhat older but not less reedy, really. How he will handle the physical play of the college game remains a question.

Yet Duke, as Collins puts it, recruited Scheyer to be an “impact player right away,” citing his maturity and versatility. Nothing has altered that plan, based on the word trickling out of the Blue Devils’ workouts.

“Jon played in as many tough games as a high school player could play in,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says. “He’s a champion, a state champion. He’s fundamentally sound.”

He has made an impression on teammates.

“He’s so smart on the floor,” sophomore forward Josh McRoberts says. “He’s so crafty. He gets things done on the floor and you don’t know how he did it. But he’s always in the right place at the right time.”

As it turns out, he may need to be in the right spots earlier and more often than presumed.

Point guard Greg Paulus broke a bone in his left foot on the second day of practice and is out indefinitely. The Blue Devils have no other true point guard on the roster as a feasible replacement. Scheyer spent a decent amount of time at the point for Glenbrook North last season, so he will be part of the committee that handles those duties.

A dousing from the klieg lights has arrived early, then, but at least it is a familiar burden.

“I’ve always expected high things of myself,” Scheyer says. “Sometimes people thought I was crazy. I’m going to try and help the team however I can. Obviously I want to make an impact. Starting is a goal of mine—just get minutes and see what comes from there. All I know is, in the next week and a half or two weeks before our first game, I’m going to be working my butt off every day and trying to establish a role.”

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