Duke basketball: Jon Scheyer takes over Coach K’s annual tradition

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball program is continuing its tradition under new leadership. 

A Duke basketball yearly tradition is still going strong under head coach Jon Scheyer on the 4th of July.

Typically, the current Blue Devils players and staff gathered at Mike Krzyzewski’s home for its holiday celebration but with the Hall of Famer retiring from his head coaching duties in April, Scheyer has stepped in to host the festivities as the new head coach.

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The Duke basketball social media accounts captured the action which included Scheyer in a dunk tank as players tried to soak its new leader.


Freshman center Dereck Lively also hit the new head coach with a surprise water ballon attack as Jon Scheyer seemed like an easy target on the afternoon.


Duke has been holding its summer workouts as the program prepares for the 2022-23 season with many new faces on the team, including the top ranked incoming recruiting class that features five-star center Dereck Lively, five-star forward Kyle Filipowski, five-star forward Dariq Whitehead, five-star forward Mark Mitchell, four-star point guard Tyrese Proctor, four-star shooting guard Jaden Schutt, and three-star center Christian Reeves.

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Tyrese Proctor is the only player in the seven man recruiting class that has yet to arrive in Durham as he plays with the Australian Men’s National Team in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

The Blue Devils also bring in Illinois transfer Jacob Grandison, Northwestern transfer Ryan Young, and Harvard transfer Kale Catchings.

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Junior point guard Jeremy Roach is the only player to return from a season ago who received meaningful minutes as Duke saw five players selected in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Jon Scheyer will officially begin his tenure as the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils on November 7 against Jacksonville in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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