February 20, 2011 | 7:28 am
Posted by Jeremy Fine
NCAA CHAMP JOINS DEFENDING NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE CHAMPS
MCALLEN, TEXAS – The defending NBA Development League champion Rio
Grande Valley Vipers announced Thursday that they have acquired guard
Jon Scheyer (6-5, 190, Duke), who was a part of Duke University’s 2010
NCAA Championship team.
During a four-year collegiate career, Scheyer averaged 14.4 points,
3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 144 games. He had his best
season as a senior during the championship run, averaging 18.2 points,
3.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals in 40 games.
The Northbrook, Illinois-native scored 15 points with six rebounds,
five assists, one steal and two blocks in the 61-59 championship game
win over Butler University on April 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in
“We look forward to Jon’s arrival in the Rio Grande Valley. He is an
accomplished young player and a good fit for our system. In addition,
it will be rewarding to evaluate him up close in our environment,” said
Vipers General Manager Gersson Rosas, who is also the Vice President of
Player Personnel for the Houston Rockets.
Scheyer took part in the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with the
Miami Heat, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, three assists and two
steals in his debut against the New Orleans Hornets on July 11. Two
days later, though, in a game against the Golden State Warriors,
Scheyer was poked in the right eye, suffering optic nerve damage as
well as a tear in the retina.
The 23-year old went to NBA Training Camp with the Los Angeles
Clippers, recording one assist while missing all four of his shot
attempts in 19 minutes over the course of two games.
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