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Scheyer returning to Duke as special assistant

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Former Duke All-America Jon Scheyer will return to the Blue Devils as a special assistant for the 2013-14 season, head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Monday.

"Jon Scheyer is one of the amazing champions we've had in this program and he's certainly one of the greatest young men to ever wear the Duke uniform," Krzyzewski said in a statement. "He's universally loved by Duke fans. It is incredibly exciting to be part of his journey to become a coach. Jon will add all the things he brought to Duke as a player, this time as a member of our staff. We are so proud that Jon is joining us at Duke."

Scheyer, who helped lead the Blue Devils to two ACC championships and the 2010 NCAA Championship, will step into the special assistant position formerly occupied by Nate James, who was promoted to assistant coach in April. Scheyer's duties as special assistant will include assisting the coaching staff in developing game strategies, breaking down game film, planning practices and contributing in staff meetings.

"I am extremely fortunate to be able to come back to Duke," said Scheyer. "It is a tremendous honor to be on Coach K's staff and it is something I will cherish. I want to continue to learn from the entire staff and bring whatever I can to help the program."

A native of Northbrook, Ill., Scheyer ended his Duke career with 2,077 points to rank 10th on Duke's all-time scoring list. He ranks third all-time at Duke in made free throws (608) and free throw percentage (.861), fourth in three-point field goals (297) and three-point field goal attempts (780) and sixth in free throw attempts (706). He played in 144 consecutive games, tied for the second-longest streak in school history.

As a senior during the 2009-10 season, Scheyer took over the starting point guard duties for the Blue Devils and averaged 18.2 points, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game to guide the Blue Devils to the program's fourth national championship. He was named second team All-America, first team All-ACC and first team ACC All-Tournament that year.

Following his graduation from Duke in 2010, Scheyer played professionally with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA Developmental League and overseas with the Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Gran Canaria organizations.

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