Mike Krzyzewski’s shadow? Duke coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer embraces ‘hardest job in the history of the sport’

Jon Scheyer walked into his introductory news conference Friday at Cameron Indoor Stadium with his wife, Marcelle, daughter Noa, and son, Jett. Duke's coach of the future took the podium as the new face of the program for the first time.

The spotlight shined brighter than in the national championship games he won as a player (2010) or piloted as an assistant coach (2015). "A pretty cool moment," Scheyer said. 

The 33-year-old confidently addressed the elephant in the room right off the bat, acknowledging his succession of Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski to be the "hardest job in the history of the sport." 

"I don’t expect it to be easy," Scheyer said. "I don’t expect anything to be given to me. I'm always going to show up. I realize how important of a time it is for this program. I'm going to relish this opportunity. We’re going to be relentless in our pursuit of championships."

Coach K will retire at the end of the 2021-22 season, meaning Scheyer will spend one more season under his mentor as associate head coach before he takes over in April. But Scheyer made it clear that his mentor's towering legacy will be more of a blessing than a burden and that the culture Krzyzewski cultivated will live on. 

"Coach, one of the best gifts you've given all of us is each other. The Brotherhood," a teary-eyed Scheyer said, making eye contact with Krzyzewski, who was sitting in the crowd. "One of the most important things to me moving forward is to make sure that every former player knows they always have a place here and are a part of what we’re doing."

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