For many years, Duke fans, as well as college basketball fans, have wondered what life will be like for the Blue Devils once Mike Krzyzewski leaves the program, but it appears that the program will not slow down any time soon. The upcoming college basketball season is going to be the final season for legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, but it appears his mantle is going to the right hands with Jon Scheyer and the season has not even begun.
Scheyer has been on the Duke coaching staff since the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach and was named the heir apparent to Krzyzewski’s mantle earlier this summer as he looks to bring in one of the highest ranked recruiting classes in college basketball history before his first season as a head coach begins. The upcoming high school basketball season has yet to even begin but Scheyer has already secured commitments from three top 10 recruits with two being in the top five in Dereck Lively and Dariq Whitehead. Scheyer swept the rug out from under John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats securing a recent commitment from Lively with the Wildcats had long been seen as the favorites in the recruiting world. Along with his already impressive three top 10 recruits Duke is heavily favored for three more top 25 recruits that if commitments are secured and are expected to be Duke would finish with six consensus top 30 (including three top 10) recruits and bring in a class that would be in the pantheon of all time recruiting classes in college basketball and would rank higher than anything even Coach K ever did in his hall of fame career at Duke.
Although it is too early to tell whether who will come back to the Blue Devils after this season, expect Duke to compete for preseason number one in the country and will be the sure-fire favorite to win the ACC and be a number one seed in what will be Scheyer’s first year as a head coach. To be clear, it is just about impossible for Jon Scheyer to step in and expect to be the perfect replacement for such a legendary coach who has built a resume rivaled by only a handful of coaches in the history of college basketball. Mike Krzyzewski was the coach who put Duke on in the map after being hired in 1980 and created them into one of the biggest brands and blue bloods in the sport after winning I over a thousand games to go along with five national championship and for anyone to come in to that role and try to fit in to those monumental shoes should not be expected and time will tell if Duke made the correct decision in the successor but Jon Scheyer is off to one heck of a start.