Jon Scheyer relaxes at home after season’s end
“Oh man,” said Jon Scheyer, 24, a 2006 Glenbrook North High School graduate, “I like all of the food places around town.” Josh’s Hot Dogs is one Scheyer Northbrook “fave.” Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 8, 2012 6:27PM
So what’s up with Jon Scheyer?
“Yeah well,” said Scheyer, 24, “this is what I’m doing now. I’m working out every day, I’m lifting, I’ve gained some weight which I wanted to do the last year or two.
And I’m shooting every day at many different places, Joy of the Game (Deerfield), any court I can go…”
That would be shooting basketball, the sport in which the 2006 GBN graduate led his 2005 Spartan team to an Illinois state title. Four years later, he was an integral part of the 2010 NCAA championship team for his alma mater, Duke University.
“I’ve been away for a while,” said Scheyer, who returned home two months ago from Israel after playing for the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team.
“I’m just happy to be home to be with family and close friends.”
His parents, Jim and Laury Scheyer, are Northbrook residents. His two sisters are Jenifer and Brooke.
“It’s great being back,” he says. “I have a lot of fond memories playing here, growing up here, it’s real comfortable, it’s home for me.”
Scheyer recently grabbed lunch at Josh’s Hot Dogs on Sanders Road.
“Oh man, I like all of the food places around town. You know,” said Scheyer, “it’s the people I get to see, the people are what I like, so many people, being able to see everybody.”
He says his favorite side dish is French fries, but not always. “I change it up a bit, a skirt steak, I go to Little Louie’s, Once Upon A Grill (omelet, turkey club), those are all my spots, I’m in there all of the time.
“I go Dairy Queen a couple times a week. I love (Oreo) Blizzards.
“At Little Louie’s, I have a Scheyer Special,” he added, referring to the Shermer Road restaurant where he’s pals with owner Pete Weiss. “It’s a skirt steak sandwich with teriyaki, grilled onions and avocados. It’s very good.”
For fans hungry for more, any summer basketball plans?
Scheyer can’t wait for U.S. Olympic basketball team action.
“For sure, you know my coach at Duke (is head coach), so I have an extra vested interest.” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will lead another star-studded American team, including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, to London later this summer.
“I am still really close to (Krzyzewski). We talk, I would say, almost daily, almost weekly. He will be a person I will look up to my whole life, I am so fortunate to have him in my life.
Northbrook fans cherish the Sports Illustrated cover (April 12, 2010) where Scheyer celebrated Duke’s fourth NCAA basketball title. Autographed Scheyer memorabilia remains hot list local charity items.
Often stopped by fans, parental cell phones capture grinning kid photographs with a gracious Scheyer.
“I just think it’s such a unique position to be in, I’m very grateful to be in this position.
“I just try to be who I am and help kids in any way because there might be some kids who look up to me,” said Scheyer.
The 2010 Duke University graduate enjoys reading.
“You know, I mean, the topics that really interested me when I was studying was U.S. history. World War II was very fascinating, that was something very fascinating to me.”
Scheyer revealed another hobby.
“I like playing chess, you know, I’m thinking about entering some tournaments this summer.
As a Northbrook Wescott School student, Scheyer played in the chess club. At Maple School, middle school chess deferred to basketball.
“I like the concept of trying to outthink somebody,” Scheyer said. “It doesn’t always work for me but it’s a cool experience.”
So a summer chess tourney is in the works?
“I don’t know, I don’t know, but it was something I talked about doing for a while so we’ll see.”
For now, Northbrook inspires the neighbor in Jon Scheyer.
“If I can help out one person or two people, that’s meaningful to me.”