Jon Scheyer felt a rush of excitement as he walked onto the practice court inside Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday afternoon.

The 35-year-old has gotten used to the pomp and circumstances of being Duke’s basketball coach: extra interviews and more time away from his growing family, not to mention the lingering expectation of replacing retired Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski. It’s all things he expected when he was named Coach K’s successor the offseason before last year’s Final Four run.

But the first official practice with his first team?

“That was a big deal,” Scheyer said Tuesday. “I don’t know if I pinched myself or didn’t believe it, I believed it for sure. It felt like a great day, but I just focus on the next day, and I know there are a lot of other firsts and hopefully a lot of great ones to come.”

It was a moment the young coach had circled on his calendar — the beginning of a new chapter at Duke with a team of fresh faces not tethered by last year’s overwhelming expectations.

Of course, winning will always be the expectation at Duke.

Illinois graduate transfer Jacob Grandison remembers discussing the pressure of playing at Duke with Scheyer when he first arrived on campus.