Report: Mike Krzyzewski pushed for Jon Scheyer to be Duke's next coach over Tommy Amaker
Outgoing Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski pushed for Jon Scheyer to be his replacement, according to a new report.
That comes from Ian O’Connor in his new book, Coach K: The Rise and Reign of Mike Krzyzewski. O’Connor reports that Amaker was initially offered the job by Duke’ administration, but didn’t have Krzyzewski’s blessing.
The book describes a “very difficult conversation” between Amaker and Krzyzewski where the legendary Duke coach explained that he wasn’t going to get the job.
“Mike had to explain to Tommy why he couldn’t be the guy,” one Duke source told O’Connor, via the New York Post. “He can be Don Corleone when he needs to be.”
Amaker served as an assistant at Duke from 1988-97. Since then, he’s had head coaching stints at Seton Hall, Michigan and Harvard. He’s been at Harvard since 2007 and has led the Crimson to four NCAA Tournament appearances.
It’s a fascinating choice for Krzyzewski and Duke’s administration, who ultimately picked a less-experienced coach in Scheyer. However, Scheyer as worked more closely with Krzyzewski in recent years and has become one of the top recruiters in the country.
Duke’s 2022 recruiting class is one of its best-ever, and currently ranks No. 1 nationally according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
Per O’Connor’s reporting, Krzyzewski preferred Scheyer because he felt it wouldn’t disrupt Duke’s “continuity of excellence.”
Duke faces Wake Forest on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET.