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Duke adds Marquette Transfer John to the forecourt

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Marquette Golden Eagles men’s basketball transfer Theo John moves from a protégé from Coach K to Coach K.

John, who played under former Duke star and assistant Steve Wojciechowski for the Golden Eagles for the past four seasons, announced on Friday that he had been involved with Mike Krzyzewski and Duke.

“After talking to my family, I have decided to go to Duke University next year for my final year of scholarship,” wrote John on Twitter. “I would like to thank everyone who took part in my basketball trip. I am happy to be part of #TheBrotherHood.”

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John, a 6-foot-9 senior citizen center out of Minneapolis, ends his marquette career with the second most blocked shots in program history. He has started 87 games in the last three seasons and has become one of the best defensive players in the Great East. Last season he averaged 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks and shot 57.2% off the field.

Duke desperately needed some experience and physicality, and John should jump in right now and bring depth into depth. The Blue Devils lost forward Matthew Hurt to the NBA draft earlier this week, and big reserve man Patrick Tape entered the transfer portal last month. Freshman Mark Williams is an NBA prospect but is likely to return to Durham next season. he and John should form an impressive duo.

John was ranked 85th on ESPN’s transfer rankings.

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Melinda Martin