Duke is bringing Jon Scheyer back to Durham as a special assistant. CREDIT: CHUCK LIDDY
Jon Scheyer is coming back to Duke.
A source close to the program said Monday confirmed that Scheyer will be a special assistant next season. Scheyer is currently playing professionally in Spain and did not respond to a request for comment.
As a member of the Duke squad from 2006-2010, Scheyer ranks 10th in school history with 2,077 career points. Scheyer also ranks fourth in the Duke record books with 297 3-pointers and third in career free throws (608) and free throw percentage (.861). Scheyer was a senior captain and starting point guard on the 2010 national championship team.
Since graduating from Duke, Scheyer has played in the NBA development league, as a reserve for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, and is currently a reserve for CB Gran Canaria this season. His best chance at the NBA was derailed in 2010 by a freak eye injury in an NBA summer league game. Scheyer was out seven months after surgery to repair a partly torn optic nerve.
CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman first reported the possibility of Scheyer returning to Duke this weekend. He will fill the position vacated by Nate James, who was promoted to assistant coach when Chris Collins left for Northwestern. The Blue Devils were expected to hire a former player.