Former Duke All-America Jon Scheyer joined the Blue Devil coaching staff as a special assistant on April 29, 2013 after spending the previous three years playing professionally. He was promoted to assistant coach in April of 2014 upon the departure of former associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski.
“We are ecstatic about Jon joining the staff,” Krzyzewski said. “He was one of the great players to play at Duke; a national champion and a captain not that far removed so he adds a youthful exuberance to our staff. His knowledge of the game is incredible. I think he will be a terrific teacher and an outstanding recruiter.”
Scheyer, who lettered at Duke from 2007-10 and helped lead the Blue Devils to two ACC Championships and the 2010 NCAA Championship, will mentor a talented backcourt rotation featuring All-ACC caliber veterans Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon as well as emerging underclassmen Matt Jones, Grayson Allen and Tyus Jones. Scheyer’s experience playing on and off the ball in Duke’s guard oriented attack will be a great asset to the staff this season.
In 2013-14, Scheyer’s duties as special assistant included assisting the coaching staff in developing game strategies, breaking down game film, planning practices and contributing in staff meetings.
“The special assistant role I had last year really helped me learn everything from scouting to recruiting to on the court coaching and then really getting to know our guys,” Scheyer said. “I feel so much more prepared to be an assistant coach after having that year as a special assistant here at Duke.”
A native of Northbrook, Ill., Scheyer concluded his career as the only player in school history to record at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 250 made three-point field goals and 200 steals. He averaged 14.4 points per game while scoring in double figures 114 times (fifth-most in school history) and leading the Blue Devils to a 115-29 record, including a 45-19 mark in ACC play.
Scheyer, a two-time team captain, scored 2,077 career points to rank 10th on Duke’s all-time scoring list. He also ranks third all-time at Duke in made free throws (608) and free throw percentage (.861), fourth in three-point field goals (297) and three-point field goal attempts (780) and sixth in free throw attempts (706). He played in 144 consecutive games, tied for the second-longest streak in school history.
As a senior during the 2009-10 season, Scheyer took over starting point guard duties for the Blue Devils and averaged 18.2 points, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game to guide Duke to its fourth national championship. He was a consensus second team All-America, first team All-ACC, first team ACC All- Tournament, NCAA South Region All-Tournament and NCAA All-Final Four Team selection after guiding the Blue Devils to a 35-5 record. Duke closed the season with 10 straight wins and victories in 18 of its final 19 games.
Scheyer started all 40 contests on the season, averaging a team-high 36.8 minutes and also leading Duke in scoring (18.2), minutes played (1,470), three-point field goals made (110), free throws made (194), free throw percentage (87.8), assists (194) and steals (65). He scored in double figures 38 times with 17 games of 20 or more points and two 30-point games. His 38 double-figure scoring games rank tied for third most in a season by a Duke player.
Scheyer joined Danny Ferry and Jim Spanarkel as the only players in school history to have at least 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a single game on Dec. 15, 2009 when he had 36 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in a 113-68 win over Gardner-Webb. He went 11-of-13 from the field, including 7-of-9 from three-point range and 7-of-7 from the free throw line in the contest. Scheyer also became the first Duke player ever to score over 35 points in 30 or fewer minutes played in that game.
Scheyer elevated his play over the final four games of the NCAA Tournament, averaging 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game to lead Duke to its fourth championship. He had 18 points, five rebounds and four assists in a Sweet Sixteen win over Purdue and followed with 20-5-4 with five three-point field goals in a win over Baylor to move Duke to the Final Four in Indianapolis. Scheyer knocked down five more three-pointers and finished with 23 points, six assists and no turnovers in a 21-point victory over West Virginia before capping off his career with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks in a 61-59 title game win over Butler.
As a junior, Scheyer averaged 14.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 rebounds, while making 79 three-point field goals and helping Duke to a 30-7 record and the ACC Championship. He garnered ACC Tournament MVP honors after averaging 21.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in wins over Boston College, Maryland and Florida State. Scheyer tallied 29 points in the title game on 6-of-10 shooting from the field (4-of-6 from three-point range) and 13-of-15 shooting from the free throw line.
Scheyer was also a double-figure scorer in each of his first two seasons in Durham. He scored 799 points combined during his freshman and sophomore seasons, while making 108 three-point field goals. As a freshman, Scheyer was named ACC Rookie of the Week three times and earned ACC All-Freshman Team honors averaging 12.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He also made 61 three-point field goals, third-most by a freshman at Duke.
Coming out of high school, Scheyer earned McDonald’s All-America and first team Parade All-America honors in 2006 after averaging 32 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for Glenbrook North. Already recognized as an elite scorer, Scheyer’s legend grew when he scored 21 points in 75 seconds at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament as a senior. He went on to close his career as the fourth-leading scorer in Illinois High School basketball history with 3,034 points. He is also the only player in Illinois history to rank in the top 10 all-time in points, steals and assists.
A two-time Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year and three-time all-state selection, Scheyer was named to the 100 Legends of Illinois Basketball in 2007.
Following his graduation from Duke in 2010, Scheyer played professionally with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA Developmental League and overseas with the Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Gran Canaria organizations. His professional career was jeopardized in 2010 when he suffered a serious eye injury in an NBA Summer League game with the Miami Heat.