Seemingly every team in college basketball is doing business through the transfer portal this offseason, and Duke is no different.
Former Marquette forward Theo John announced on Twitter Friday morning his commitment to the Blue Devils just two days after entering the portal. The Minnesota native averaged eight points, five rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest in the 2020-21 season, making him a prime candidate for playing time in the front court alongside Paolo Banchero, Mark Williams and Henry Coleman III.
During his time as a Golden Eagle, John played under former Duke point guard and associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski, who was recently fired after seven seasons at Marquette. Plus, Chris Carrawell, who is currently an assistant coach with the Blue Devils and a former Duke player himself, was an assistant with the Golden Eagles during John's freshman season.
Considering these Blue Devil connections, it should come as no surprise that Mike Krzyzewski and company reached out almost immediately once John began to explore his options last week.
Based on the tape, the two-time Marquette Most Improved Player has solid footwork in the low post and can operate as a screener as well. Defensively, John has a knack for rejecting anything that comes near him. With this skillset, he projects to be a key contributor off the bench in 2021-22.
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Max Rego is a Trinity junior and sports managing editor for The Chronicle's 117th volume.