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Duke Adds New Coach: College Basketball World Reacts

Duke assistant coach Jon Scheyer

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 01: Associate head coach Jon Scheyer of the Duke Blue Devils looks on during their practice session ahead of the 2022 Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four at Caesars Superdome on April 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

A new era of Duke basketball has officially begun. And Duke coach John Scheyer has made his first assistant hire since taking over for the legendary Mike Krzyzewski.

On Tuesday, Amile Jefferson was officially promoted to assistant, replacing Nolan Smith.

A former Duke player, Jefferson won a national championship with the Blue Devils in 2015. He left Durham with the second highest field goal percentage in school history, most games played, and as the only three-time captain and four-time All-ACC Academic Team selection.

College hoops fans reacted to Jefferson's hire on social media. "It was only a matter of time," one Duke fan replied.

"Much deserved," commented a podcaster and YouTuber.

"Congrats to Amile!" tweeted a Duke fan account.

"One of my favorite guys of all time," tweeted Madison Hartman. "So happy for Amile!"

"This was the one we all knew was coming," said Mitchell Gladstone. "I’m incredibly curious to see who the other is."

"As expected, a well deserved promotion. Congrats to Amile!" tweeted another user. "Duke still has one assistant coach vacancy remaining."

"YEAH MILLY LETS GOOOOOO," replied another Blue Devils fan in all-caps.

"Duke's Jon Scheyer has promoted Amile Jefferson to assistant coach, where he will effectively replace Nolan Smith," tweeted the New York Times' Adam Zagoria.

A nice promotion for one of the most beloved Blue Devils in recent memory.