Sources: Scheyer to accept Duke post
The most recent point guard to lead Duke to an NCAA championship is planning a return to the Blue Devils.
Jon Scheyer, who led Duke to the 2010 championship, is expected to be named a special assistant coach, according to sources close to the program.
Scheyer would fill the job vacated when Nate James was promoted to an assistant coach in March after Chris Collins left Duke to become head coach at Northwestern.
The moves follow a pattern Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has established in recent years. Like Collins and James, Scheyer is a former Duke team captain under Krzyzewski. The same is true for Duke’s other two assistant coaches, Steve Wojciechowski and Jeff Capel.
A native of Northbrook, Ill., Scheyer captained the Blue Devils in both his junior and senior seasons.
As a senior in the 2009-10 season, Scheyer averaged 18.2 points and 4.9 assists per game as Duke went 35-5 to win the fourth national championship of Krzyzewski’s tenure. Scheyer was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.
After his college career, Scheyer signed with the NBA’s Miami Heat as an undrafted free agent.
But while playing in an NBA Summer League game in July 2010, Scheyer was poked in the eye and suffered a serious injury. He needed five stitches to close a cut in his right eyelid and surgery to repair a detached retina.
After healing, he was invited to attend the Los Angeles Clippers’ training camp but was cut three weeks later before the start of the regular season.
Scheyer waited five months, allowing his eye to completely heal, before joining the Houston Rockets’ NBA Developmental League team in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Playing the final 16 regular-season games and playoffs while wearing goggles to protect his eye, Scheyer averaged 13.1 points and 4.0 assists.
Since then, he played overseas with Maccabi Tel Aviv in summer 2011. He currently plays with Gran Canaria in the Spanish League.
Once his hiring at Duke becomes official, which is expected to happen later this month or in early May, Scheyer will take over the duties James had for the past two seasons.
NCAA rules only allow three assistant coaches — Wojciechowski, Capel and James — to have full duties that allow them to recruit on and off campus and work with players on the court.
Scheyer would be able to break down film and sit on the bench during games so he can instruct players in that manner.
The job at Duke will be the 25-year-old Scheyer’s first coaching position.