Quite a day for basketball news! Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens left the bench to take over in the front office for Danny Ainge; 76ers star Joel Embiid has been diagnosed with a small meniscus tear in his right knee; and breaking now is that Hall of Fame Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will retire after the 2021-22 season. SportsLine offers odds on his replacement, although it's quite clear who that will be: Jon Scheyer.
There have been rumors that Coach K was nearing the end; he didn't seem to enjoy this past season nearly as much. Obviously, the COVID pandemic played a big role, but the Blue Devils were just 13-11 and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. Krzyzewski has won five national championships and taken the Blue Devils to the Final Four 12 times during his 40 seasons at Duke. He has the most wins (1,170) & second-most national titles by a coach in men's D-I history
Coach K has had some health problems in the past and will be 75 next February. Of course, North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who is 70, already retired this offseason and was replaced by assistant and ex-Heels star guard Hubert Davis.
It is widely believed that Coach K will be replaced by assistant and ex-Blue Devils star guard Scheyer. The former All-American and two-time team captain has served on Krzyzewski's staff since the 2013-14 season and was promoted to associate head coach following the 2017-18 campaign.
The one knock on Scheyer might be that he has never been a head coach and is only 33 (34 in August), but ESPN is reporting that Krzyzewski is finalizing a search process with university officials to name Scheyer as the coach-in-waiting.
If for some reason not Scheyer, who might it be? Stevens is not going to leave the Celtics front office. He reportedly was a bit burned out coaching in the NBA and coaching in college is much worse with recruiting, etc.
Notre Dame's Mike Brey and Pittsburgh's Jeff Capel are both former assistants under Coach K, but those programs seem to be trending a bit downward. Two other ex-Duke assistants/players, former Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski and Northwestern's Chris Collins, have fallen on hard times with Wojciechowski fired after last season. He was the "associate head coach" at Duke from 2008 until his departure to Marquette.
Other former Duke star players now coaching: Bobby Hurley has a 146-103 career record at Buffalo and currently Arizona State and has led three of his teams to the NCAA Tournament. Tommy Amaker has had success at Seton Hall, Michigan and now Harvard.
As for this coming season, Duke is +1600 at William Hill Sportsbook to win the national title. Leading scorer Matthew Hurt left for the NBA as did second-leading scorer DJ Steward.
Coach K landed a very good transfer in Marquette's Theo John and welcomes his usual stellar recruiting class – sister site 247Sports ranks it No. 4 nationally -- led by Paolo Banchero, a possible top pick in the 2022 NBA Draft ranked as the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports.
CBS Sports' Gary Parrish slots Duke currently No. 8 for next season in his Top 25 And 1 Rankings. The Blue Devils' schedule isn't out yet, but they are scheduled to face No. 1 Gonzaga, the +700 national title favorite, on Nov. 26 in Las Vegas and also play Kentucky in the Champions Classic.
Via SportsLine oddsmakers: Will Jon Scheyer be Duke's next full-time basketball coach?
- Yes -1300
- No +800
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