Duke senior guard Jon Scheyer has lifted the Blue Devils back to the Final Four for the first time since 2004.
In four years at Durham, the former Illinois Mr. Basketball
has put together an above-average college career that may get him into the pros. Scheyer has averaged over 14 points and almost three assists per game during the last four years, shooting over 40 percent from the 3-point arc during his career.
If he can help the Dukies capture their first national title since 2001 and put together some impressive performances in the process, Scheyer may tempt NBA teams into taking a chance on the 6-foot-5 playmaker.
While Scheyer’s basketball future is up in the air, what is certain is his place among Duke’s greatest white guys. The Blue Devils are notorious for birthing great caucasian college kids that don’t seem to grab that greatness in the NBA.
Here’s a look at Duke’s best white guys:1. Christian Laettner
Mr. Big Shot himself. Laettner’s turn-and-chuck against Kentucky is the face of NCAA basketball. The floppy-haired forward from Angola, New York averaged 16.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game during his time at Duke, making it to the Final Four in all four years. He has two national titles, just about every major individual honor the NCAA has and was the only college player on the original Dream Team, forever putting a blemish on what could have been the greatest team ever assembled.2. J.J. Redick
J.J.’s numbers are more than enough to get him to second on the list. He owns pretty much every scoring record for Duke as well as the ACC and averaged just under 20 points per game for his career. The X-factor that makes him the No. 2 white guy at Duke – hate. No player in Duke history was hated on more than J.J. He was a victim of the information age, bombarded with cell phone threats and posters featuring his mom and sister. All J.J. could do was bomb back.3. Jon Scheyer
Believe it. Scheyer has improved every year, scoring a career-high 18.9 points per game this season, and has kept some of the worst Duke rosters afloat. Some may make the case that Scheyer doesn’t have the hardware to back a No. 3 ranking or that he’s not the best white guy on the team right now. But, the jury is still out on his play in this year’s Final Four and Kyle Singler’s performance against Baylor is enough to shut that argument up. The kid is a baller. Plus his mom is a cougar, so…4. Danny Ferry
Before Danny Ferry was consumed with keeping LeBron in Cleveland, he was the poster boy for Duke basketball in the late 80’s. Ferry helped the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances in his four-year college career in which he averaged more than 15 points and seven rebounds per game, earning him a Naismith Award in his senior season.5. Bobby Hurley
Hurley was the man behind the wheel of Duke’s back-to-back national titles in 1991 and 1992. Unfortunately, he was also behind the wheel – without his seatbelt on – when his truck was struck by an impaired driver and sent the point guard crashing through the windshield with career-ending injuries in his rookie season with the Sacramento Kings. As a Dukie, Hurley was the hard-nosed floor general that scored more than 12 points and dished almost eight assists during his four-year stay in Durham. He is remains the NCAA’s all-time assist leader with 1,076 career dimes.Honorable mention:
Steve Wojciechowski, Cherokee Parks, Kyle Singler, Mike Gminski, Chris Collins, Greg Paulus, Shavlik Randolph, Mike Dunleavy Jr.
Who do you think are the greatest white guys to lace them up for Duke?