When Mike Krzyzewski announced that he planned to retire in April 2022, one of the reasons Duke elected to name Jon Scheyer — right then and there — as the coach-in-waiting had to do with recruiting. That extended beyond Scheyer, too. Assistant coaches Chris Carrawell and Nolan Smith are also a major part of that process.
With a staff in place for the post-Krzyzewski era, Duke work to build 2022 and 2023 classes with a group of prospects that know
This started with the re-opening of on-campus visits in June. Several high-profile prospects, including 5-star forward Dariq Whitehead and Mark Mitchell, visited Duke during that stretch. (Duke and Florida State have emerged as the favorites to land Whitehead, a top-10 prospect in the class.)
According to Adam Rowe of The Devin Den, Smith and Scheyer also watched 2023 5-star point guard Caleb Foster (Oak Hill, Team Curry) and Jazian Gortman, a 5-star 2022 point guard. FSU is the leader for Gortman, currently.