As Duke gets ready for its Sweet 16 matchup against Utah, Blue Devil assistant Jon Scheyer dropped by The David Glenn Show to talk about this year’s team.
Scheyer, who was on Duke’s 2010 national championship team, said he’s coaching a special group this season.
“These guys have talent, there’s no question about that, especially our young guys coming in,” Scheyer said. “What Jahlil (Okafor), Justise (Winslow), Grayson (Allen) and Tyus (Jones) have done as a young group has been really great. Four of our eight guys are freshmen.”
Okafor, Winslow and Jones, in particular, have played key roles this season.
“The one thing that they’ve really done — especially in the big games — they’ve played like older guys,” Scheyer stated. “It’s very hard to do that, in many different ways, but the defensive performances they’ve put together these last two games has been great.”
Scheyer pointed out that the Devils were strong defensively during his senior year.
“The one thing my group had in 2010 was that we had four really good big guys,” Scheyer said, referring to Brian Zoubek, Lance Thomas, Miles Plumlee and Mason Plumlee. “You would have 20 fouls between the four of them, and they all had different bodies. So my group in 2010 was a heck of a defensive group.”
During the conversation, Scheyer also talked about what it’s like coaching next to Mike Krzyzewski and discussed the challenges Duke will face against Utah’s Delon Wright. Click below to hear the full interview: