For the first time since 1980, there will be a new face on the helmet of Duke’s men’s basketball program.
On Wednesday, it was reported that Mike Krzyzewski will be retiring from his role as head coach of the Blue Devils after the 2021-22 season.
Krzyzewski has been the main figure in the guidelines for the past 42 years, but a replacement name has already emerged: Jon Scheyer.
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And according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Scheyer will officially be Duke’s new head coach.
Duke’s assistant Jon Scheyer has been approved as the Blue Devils’ next head coach, succeeding Mike Krzyzewski, the source said. @Stage. There was a meeting in the middle of the afternoon just to seal the selection of Coach K.
– Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 2, 2021
But who is the potential successor to the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history? This is what you need to know.
Former Duke star on the court
Scheyer has a lot of experience not only working for Coach K, but also as the legendary coach’s player.
Scheyer, a native of Northbrook, Ill., Played for Duke from 2006 to 2010. The 6-5 shooting guard was a dynamic threat on the court, becoming the only player in program history to reach 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 250 Triples and 200 steals, according to his page on Duke’s website. His 2,077 career points are the 10th most of any Blue Devil.
He was twice named team captain and during his four years with the Blue Devils, Duke was 115-29, appearing in the NCAA Tournament each season and winning the national championship in the 2009-10 campaign. He appeared in all 144 Duke games, marking the second-longest streak of consecutive games played in the show’s history.
Scheyer saved his best season for last. In his senior year 2010, he was named a second-team All-American and first-team All-ACC after scoring double-digit points in all but two games, averaging 18.2 points, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
However, Duke was not his first experience of success. It came after an outstanding high school career. Playing for Glenbrook North High, he was named a two-time Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year and earned McDonald’s and Parade All-American honors in his senior year. During his senior year, he made headlines when he scored 21 points in just 75 seconds of a game. When he went to Durham, he was the fourth highest scorer in state history with 3,034 points and was the only player in state history to rank in the top 10 in points, assists and steals at the end of his career.
After Duke, he played for the NBA G League team the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2011 before international seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2011-12 in Israel and with Gran Canaria from 2012 to 2013 in Spain. While with Maccabi Tel Aviv, he maintained his winning path, taking home the Israel Cup and Israel League Cup championships.
Scheyer returned to Krzyzewski and Duke after his professional career ended, joining the coaching staff as a special assistant in the 2013-14 season and promoted to assistant coach before assuming the role of associate head coach, a position he has held since 2017. -18.
In his Duke coaching biography, the Blue Devils credit him with a vital role in mentoring and developing several NBA draft picks, including Tyus Jones, Luke Kennard, Frank Jackson, RJ Barrett and Tre Jones.
Just as Krzyzewski has coached the US Olympic teams, Scheyer has also brought his talents to train nationally. In 2020, Scheyer was named head coach of the American team that will compete in the 21st Maccabiah, a tournament that has been held every four years since 1932 and only World War II interrupted the games, in Israel. The games will take place in 2022.
“Jon’s pedigree cannot be matched; few people have had such a successful basketball career collectively as a player and coach.” Josh Schachter, men’s basketball open co-chair for the 21st Maccabiah said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited for Jon to lead the United States men’s basketball team at Maccabiah 2022. The young men selected for the team will have the opportunity to learn and be mentored by one of the world’s leading basketball minds. We are very fortunate that Jon has a passion for Maccabiahs and is eager to embark on this journey with us. “
I almost left Duke
If the Blue Devils commit to Scheyer, they will lock him up shortly after he is reportedly seen as taking over another basketball program.
A report earlier this year by NBC Chicago’s David Kaplan said that when DePaul had a vacancy at the helm of their men’s basketball program, the Blue Demons interviewed the Blue Devils associate head coach about the possibility of filling the position.
However, Duke has clearly seen Scheyer as someone capable of replacing Krzyzewski. Earlier in the season, when Krzyzewski was forced to lose time due to contact tracing related to a family member who tested positive for COVID-19, Scheyer stepped in to coach the game. according to Sports Illustrated. Scheyer took the victory in Krzyzewski’s absence, 83-82 against Boston College.
“I would be lying if I said this doesn’t mean much to me,” Scheyer said in the report. “Naturally, you want to step up and have the coach’s backing as a staff. I always wanted to win. You’re going to get into this game and you have a chance, so you want to do the best job you can preparing yourself. It wasn’t pretty all the time. I am proud of the preparation we had as a staff. I am proud of the decisions in the game, although there are always things you could do better or differently. To start this way and get a win … it’s easier to call the coach after the game. I may not sleep tonight now. But just to move on and get from here. It meant a lot and I’m very proud. “