Duke basketball: 3 candidates to take over if Jon Scheyer fails

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Who would Duke basketball call if the Jon Scheyer plan flat out falls flat?

Believe it or not, this is a superstitious attempt to ensure Jon Scheyer thrives as Duke basketball chief beginning the season after next.

To speculate about the 33-year-old’s replacement — in the event disaster strikes within a few years of his reign — is to mirror the treatment of a 33-year-old Mike Krzyzewski after he took over in 1980.

Termination talk swirled while Coach K compiled a 38-47 record across his first three seasons. Then NBA chatter heightened as the Blue Devils experienced their heyday in the 1990s and 2000s. Finally, retirement rumors had intensified ever since until the June announcement of Duke’s succession strategy.

And as he awaits his 42nd and final season in Durham, everyone knows how the Coach K experiment worked out.

So likewise, let’s superstitiously set Scheyer up to succeed by ranking three possible successor candidates…

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