Scheyer, an All-American and national champion guard for the Blue Devils from 2006-10, has been an assistant coach at his alma mater since 2014. In 2018, he was promoted to associate head coach.
During his time working under Krzyzewski, Scheyer has built a reputation as a strong recruiter, helping to bring a number of blue-chip prospects to Durham. In January, he made his interim head coaching debut in place of Krzyzewski when the legendary coach missed a game due to COVID-19 protocols.
Reactions to the news about the 33-year-old taking over the reins have been pouring in.
Obviously following Coach K is a tall task especially for someone who has never been a head coach. Having a full season to prepare for the peaceful transfer of power will make things easier for Jon Scheyer. The timing made it more difficult to bring in an outside candidate.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) June 2, 2021
Probably a good time to run this back. Here’s who Jon Scheyer has brought to Duke:
— The Brotherhood (@BrotherhoodCBB) June 2, 2021
In terms of recruiting for #Duke, Jon Scheyer's name definitely rings out with players.
He's built strong bonds for years and there's an excitement from recruits about initial conversations with him specifically. #CoachK
— Jason Jordan (@JasonJordanSI) June 2, 2021
— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) June 2, 2021
A live look at the new Duke coach https://t.co/2YQB0KMNiW
— Jeremy Schneider (@J_Schneider) June 2, 2021
That’s so dope to see Jon scheyer will be extremely deserving and successful .
I’ll never forget how good he was in high school.
One of the toughest guys to guard when he played for glen brook north. https://t.co/B1UelVlr6O
— Freddie L. Barnes (@Fbeasy) June 2, 2021
Scheyer has been on the coaching staff since 2014. K has been setting the foundation for a while (I bet even while Scheyer was still a player) https://t.co/MxGwa2p9wJ
— Anderley Penwell (@anderleytv) June 2, 2021
Jon Scheyer tho??
— Lyndsey D'Arcangelo (@darcangel21) June 2, 2021
Players really connect with Scheyer. We wrote a piece recently about how connected players feel with Nolan Smith. Scheyer holds the same presence with these guys. They love him. Recruits love him. Is he ready for the leap? I mean, honestly, is anyone ready for this kind of leap?
— Brian McLawhorn (@BrianRIVALS) June 2, 2021
Jon Scheyer or whoever the new coach is would be dumb not to bring back the Maryland rivalry. https://t.co/H3JMRPXphK
— Jordan Gold (@Jordan_Gold0) June 2, 2021
Following in Coach K’s footsteps is a hell of a way to become an entry-level head coach. Scheyer has a lot of potential and will be well-supported, but there’s no doubt he has his work cut out for him.
In the meantime, Krzyzewski will get a well-deserved sendoff tour during his final season next year.