After graduating from Duke in 2010, Scheyer signed on with the Miami Heat's summer league team. But in the second game of the season, he suffered a torn optic nerve in his eye. The injury was so severe that it required surgery and seven months of rehabilitation, according to the Times.
Scheyer came back to play with the NBA's development league, and tried out unsuccessfully for the Los Angeles Clippers. Then last summer, while the NBA was locked out, he signed on with Maccabi for $250,000, according to the Times.
"I’ve always proved my doubters wrong on the court," he said.