Former Duke star Jon Scheyer has left Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv for personal reasons, according to a team spokesman. It is unclear if and when he will return.
A Second Team All-American, captain and leader of the Blue Devils’ 2010 championship team, Scheyer was not drafted the following June but played in the summer league with the Miami Heat, in a 2010 training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers and in the NBDL.
He suffered a serious eye injury while with the Heat and had to take some time off to let it heal before joining Maccabi, which signed Scheyer in part because of his Jewish-American heritage. Scheyer was called “The Jewish Jordan” by some before stepping on the court in Israel.
However, Scheyer has struggled with Maccabi, playing limited minutes and not having an effect on many games. He had averaged 3.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 23 contests this season.
We’re not sure if his eye injury still affects him, perhaps mentally more than physically, or he just wasn’t happy playing overseas. But it’s sad to see such a dynamic college player from a premiere program unable to get his professional career off the ground.