NCAA Champ Joins Defending NBA Development League Champs

Jon Scheyer (Photo Credit: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images)

February 17, 2011

MCALLEN – 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 Indianapolis, Indiana.

“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.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.