Last month, Mike Krzyzewski announced that the 2021-22 season would be his last one as the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils. That announcement left the basketball world stunned for a few days, and rightfully so.
Believe it or not, the timing of Coach K’s decision was actually beneficial for the future of Duke’s basketball program. Krzyzewski wanted to make sure that future recruits knew that he was leaving and Jon Scheyer would be taking his place.
“I think it’s especially important, especially with the start of recruiting … where there’s complete transparency and clarity, with the future of this year and after,” Krzyzewski said in a statement.
Well, it didn’t take long for Scheyer to land his first recruit as the coach-in-waiting for the Blue Devils.
On Thursday morning, Kyle Filipowski of Wilbraham & Monson Academy told ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein that he’s committing to Duke.
He is the Blue Devils' first commit under coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer. pic.twitter.com/9ZrOVS4v0E
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 29, 2021
Filipowski is the No. 33 overall recruit and No. 6 center from the 2022 recruiting class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Moments ago, Filipowski confirmed his commitment to Duke on Twitter.
“The continuation of a dynasty, but the beginning of a new journey,” Filipowski wrote.
— Kyle “Flip” Filipowski (@kylefilipowski) July 29, 2021
Life after Coach K won’t be easy at times, but it seems like Scheyer is the right man for the job.
Duke fans, are you excited about the program’s future under Scheyer?