Duke lands Marquette shot-blocker Theo John

After four seasons with Marquette, Theo John is headed to Duke. John announced his commitment to the Blue Devils on Friday morning.

During his time at Marquette, where he played for former Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski, John appeared in 124 games (89 starts). John has 191 career blocks to his name; as a senior, he averaged 8.0 points (57.2 FG%) , 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

John is an aggressive 6-foot-9 athlete with some vertical pop. Despite battling injuries, John recorded 17+ dunks in each season with Marquette. He has a career block rate of 8.4 percent.

Following the commitment of 5-star 2021 shooting guard Trevor Keels, Duke’s staff targeted two areas of need: backcourt and frontcourt depth. John checks the latter of those two boxes. (The Blue Devils recently extended a scholarship offer to 2021 4-star guard Jaylen Blakes.)

With Matthew Hurt headed to the NBA Draft, Duke is poised to enter the 2021-22 season with a 4/5 rotation of Mark Williams, Henry Coleman, John and Paolo Banchero, an incoming 5-star PF who projects as a top-3 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Of course, Duke will have flexibility along these lines, too. Incoming 5-star SF AJ Griffin and Wendell Moore Jr. provide real versatility and can be moved all over the floor.


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