Duke basketball: Jon Scheyer blatantly disrespected by opposing coaches

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer was blatantly disrespected by his peers. 

It never seemed like calling Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer the best recruiter in the country was an outlandish take.

However, it appears that might be in the minds of some anonymous coaches.

In his latest edition of ‘Coaches Talk’, On3 basketball recruiting insider Jamie Shaw polled several coaches from around the country on who is the most feared coach on the recruiting trail.

“The coach when you see them sitting [on the] baseline you can almost move on to another [recruit]?” Shaw asked.

The answers were somewhat startling among the 13 coaches polled.

Three coaches, from the Big 12, SEC, and Atlantic 10, answered Kentucky head coach Jon Calipari.

Calipari received the most answers of the coaches polled while Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton and Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl both received two answers.

Hamilton landed votes from two Big 12 coaches while Pearl had an Atlantic 10 and SEC coach in his corner.

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Recently retired Villanova head coach Jay Wright earned an answer in the poll from a PAC-12 coach while another PAC-12 coach responded with Kansas head coach Bill Self.

An SEC coach answered for Michigan head coach Juwan Howard and an ACC coach voted for the Michigan State leader Tom Izzo.

Two coaches who have yet to officially coach a game as a college head coach, Louisville’s Kenny Payne and Duke’s Jon Scheyer, both received one vote.

Payne, who was a longtime college basketball assistant coach at Oregon and Kentucky, got his vote from an SEC coach and Scheyer, who is replacing Mike Krzyzewski on the Duke sideline, had his name answered from another Atlantic-10 coach.

Duke basketball head coach is the best recruiter in country

Since Jon Scheyer was elevated to an associate head coach at Duke in 2018, he has statistically been one of the best recruiters in the country.

Scheyer was ranked No. 3 in the 247Sports Basketball Recruiter Rankings in 2018 and dropped two spots to No. 5 in 2019.

However, the now 34-year old has held the No. 1 ranking in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Since officially taking over as the head coach of the Blue Devils, Scheyer has landed 11 high school recruits in the Classes of 2022 and 2023.

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Seven of the players have been five-star recruits, three have been four-star prospects, and one is a three-star target as Duke has the No. 1 ranked class in both years.

It almost feels too obvious as to who the best recruiter in the country is.

Opposing coaches can fear whoever they would like at their own peril, but the numbers prove that no one is recruiting at a higher level than Jon Scheyer.

Good luck to any of those anonymous coaches who have to battle the Duke head coach for a recruit that he has his sights locked on. It probably will not end well for you.

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