Duke AD Nina King on basketball coach Jon Scheyer, adding GM Rachel Baker

DURHAM — Nina King always believed in Jon Scheyer’s vision for the future of Duke basketball.

She pulled for him as a member of the search committee last year to replace Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, and after being promoted to athletic director in May of 2021 — becoming the university’s first Black, female athletic director in school history — that support has continued as Scheyer has executed outside-the-box moves for the program.

“When we interviewed him for this position a year ago, I was really excited for his vision and his preparation and how he was going to create this program to be his own,” King told the USA TODAY Network. “I mean, he’s following such a legend, such an icon and I’m so proud of him for taking the bull by the horns and running with it.”

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