For the first time since 1980, there will be a new face at the helm of the Duke men’s basketball program.
On Wednesday, it was reported that Mike Krzyzewski will retire from his post as head coach of the Blue Devils after the 2021-22 season.
Krzyzewski has been the main figure on the sidelines for the past 42 years, but already a name has emerged as a replacement: Jon Scheyer.
And according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Scheyer is going to officially be the new head coach at Duke.
Duke assistant Jon Scheyer has been approved as the next head coach of the Blue Devils, succeeding Mike Krzyzewski, source told @Stadium. There was a mid-afternoon meeting just to rubber-stamp Coach K’s selection.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 2, 2021
But just who is the potential successor to the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history? Here’s what you need to know.
Former Duke star on the court
Scheyer has a lot of involvement working for Coach K, yet additionally as a player for the incredible mentor.
Scheyer, a local of Northbrook, Ill., played for Duke from 2006 through 2010. The 6-5 gatekeeper was a powerful danger on the floor, turning into the solitary part in program history to arrive at 2,000 focuses, 500 bounce back, 400 helps, 250 3-pointers and 200 takes, as per his page on Duke’s site. His 2,077 profession focuses are the tenth the majority of any Blue Devil.
He was twice named a skipper of the group and during his four years for the Blue Devils, Duke went 115-29, showing up in the NCAA Tournament each season and winning the public title in the 2009-10 mission. He showed up in every one of the 144 games for Duke, denoting the second-longest dash of continuous games played in program history.
Scheyer saved his best season for last. In 2010, as a senior, he was named a second-group All-American and first-group All-ACC subsequent to scoring twofold digit focuses in everything except two games, averaging 18.2 focuses, 4.9 helps and 1.6 takes per game.
Duke wasn’t his first taste of achievement, notwithstanding. He showed up after an exceptional secondary school vocation. Playing for Glenbrook North High, he was twice named Gatorade’s Illinois Player of the Year and procured McDonald’s and Parade All-American distinctions as a senior. During his last year, he stood out as truly newsworthy when he scored 21 focuses in only 75 seconds of a game. At the point when he left for Durham, he was the fourth-most elevated scorer in state history at 3,034 focuses and was the solitary part in state history to rank top 10 in focuses, helps and takes toward the finish of his profession.
After Duke, he played in the NBA G League group the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2011 preceding worldwide spells 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 made a big difference for his triumphant ways, bringing home the Israeli Cup and Israeli League Cup titles.
Scheyer got back to Krzyzewski and Duke after his expert vocation wrapped up, joining the training staff as an exceptional colleague in the 2013-14 season and climbing to aide mentor prior to assuming the job of partner lead trainer, a position he has held since 2017-18.
On his Duke instructing bio, the Blue Devils acknowledge him for assuming a fundamental part in the coaching and advancement of various NBA Draft picks, including Tyus Jones, Luke Kennard, Frank Jackson, RJ Barrett and Tre Jones.
Similarly as Krzyzewski has trained the USA Olympic groups, so too has Scheyer taken his abilities to instructing at the public level. In 2020, Scheyer was named the lead trainer of the U.S. group that will contend in the 21st Maccabiah, a competition held like clockwork since 1932 with just World War II intruding on the games, in Israel. The games will be held in 2022.
“Jon’s family can’t be coordinated; not many individuals have had a particularly cultivated profession in b-ball all in all as a player and mentor,” Josh Schachter, co-seat of Open Men’s Basketball for the 21st Maccabiah said in a delivery. “We were unable to be more eager to have Jon lead the United States Men’s Basketball crew at the 2022 Maccabiah. The young fellows chose to the group will have the chance to learn and be guided by one of the chief ball minds on the planet. We are exceptionally lucky that Jon has an enthusiasm for the Maccabiah and is anxious to leave on this excursion with us.”
Nearly left Duke
On the off chance that the Blue Devils make the obligation to Scheyer, they will secure him not long after he was purportedly considered to assume control over another ball program.
A report prior in the year from NBC Chicago’s David Kaplan said that when DePaul had an opportunity for the steerage of its men’s b-ball program, the Blue Demons purportedly met the Blue Devils’ partner lead trainer about stepping in to fill the job.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) March 27, 2021
Duke has plainly considered Scheyer to be somebody equipped for filling in for Krzyzewski, in any case. Prior in the season, when Krzyzewski had to miss time due to contact following identified with a relative testing positive for COVID-19, Scheyer stepped in to mentor the game, as indicated by Sports Illustrated. Scheyer got the success in Krzyzewski’s nonappearance, 83-82 against Boston College.
“I’d lie in the event that I said this didn’t mean a ton to me,” Scheyer said in the report. “Normally, you need to venture up and have Coach covered as a staff. I’ve for a long while been itching to win. You’re going into this game and you get one possibility so you need to do the best occupation you can getting ready. It wasn’t really constantly. I’m pleased with the arrangement we had as a staff. I’m glad for the choices in game, despite the fact that there’s consistently things you could improve or in an unexpected way. To get going along these lines and get a success … it’s simpler to call Coach after the game. I may not rest this evening now. In any case, just to proceed onward and go from here. It implied a ton and I’m pleased.”