Duke obviously liked what Jon Scheyer experienced in his first season as men’s basketball head coach.
The news comes four days after Duke was named the second-ranked team in college basketball at the start of the season, behind only Kansas. Duke is scheduled to begin its season on November 6 against Dartmouth.
Scheyer, a three-year starter and senior captain as a player at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski, replaced the longtime coach as his assistant coach last season after eight seasons. The first year’s results were solid: Duke posted a 27-9 record, finished fourth in the ACC and won the conference tournament. A loss to Tennessee in the Round of 32 resulted in the team finishing at No. 18 in the final coaches poll.
Two members of that team heard their names called in the subsequent NBA Draft, including number 12 pick Dereck Lively II and number 22 pick Dariq Whitehead.
More encouraging were Scheyer’s results on the recruiting trail, where Duke hasn’t missed a step since Krzyzewski’s retirement. Scheyer started last season in the top class in the country according to Rivals and competed in the top class again this year, boasting forwards TJ Power and Sean Stewart as well as guards Jared McCain and four five-star recruits Caleb Foster .
Duke is currently ranked fifth in the country in the class of 2024 but is favored for No. 1 recruit Cooper Flagg. They might also have insider knowledge about Cameron Boozer, the son of Duke alumnus Carlos Boozer and one of the elite players in the class of 2025.
Replacing Krzyzewski was never going to be easy, but Scheyer seemed to be keeping Duke on the right track so far. The question for him now will be the same as it was for Krzyzewski in his later years: whether or not he will be able to convert a treasure trove of five-star recruits into a national champion.