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    Welcome to Duke, Theo John!

    The former Marquette C/F has announced via twitter that he will play his final year at Duke. Welcome!


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    Welcome to the Brotherhood!

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    That was quick! I watched quite a few Marquette games last year. He's a bruiser inside and will be great in short stints for the team. Huge add! Also, he can bring some leadership to a young team. Pumped!

    Time to add Jaylen Blakes and call it an offseason.

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    While diving into his stats, I also noticed a little wrinkle. He was a fairly poor FT shooter his first three years, something close to 50%. Then last season, following wrist surgery, he jumps to 74% FT shooting and knocked down 3 of 4 3's. He had never attempted a 3 in his career before last season. I doubt he plays a ton of minutes with Williams and Banchero on the roster, but it's something to notice. Maybe he's found a jumper and wants to showcase that at Duke in a reserve role?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBenAkiva View Post
    While diving into his stats, I also noticed a little wrinkle. He was a fairly poor FT shooter his first three years, something close to 50%. Then last season, following wrist surgery, he jumps to 74% FT shooting and knocked down 3 of 4 3's. He had never attempted a 3 in his career before last season. I doubt he plays a ton of minutes with Williams and Banchero on the roster, but it's something to notice. Maybe he's found a jumper and wants to showcase that at Duke in a reserve role?
    Good news he’s coming. If Williams and Banchero are both on our roster next season and stay healthy, I agree he will not play lots of minutes. But he’s a great insurance policy based on next year’s unknowns.

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    In what I hope is unrelated news, Mark Williams just put out a one word tweet, simply saying "no"

    ETA: Should have looked closer, he sent that late last night

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    Quote Originally Posted by brlftz View Post
    In what I hope is unrelated news, Mark Williams just put out a one word tweet, simply saying "no"

    ETA: Should have looked closer, he sent that late last night
    I believe that tweet was last night, wasnt it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brlftz View Post
    In what I hope is unrelated news, Mark Williams just put out a one word tweet, simply saying "no"
    That tweet was posted prior to the John announcement. It might be related, might not.

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    I'm psyched for this move... I think this is the type of pickup that a pretty solid majority of the board was hoping for given the madness of the transfer portal. John by all accounts looks to be a player who can give us solid minutes off the bench at both the 4 and the 5 this year, and is a veteran presence for our young guys.

    While I'm sure we're all a touch nervous about Mark's status since nothing has been officially stated, it seems clear to me that he and John are completely different caliber players, so I highly doubt John is being viewed as a "replacement" for Mark. If we were expecting Mark to leave, there are plenty of "bigger fish" that would be expecting a starting role that we would've likely been at least connected to in the portal (Oklahoma's Brady Manek immediately comes to mind).

    Now, assuming nothing unusual happens, I think it's safe to say that our frontcourt will be a major strength next season, with Paolo and Mark penciled in as starters, guys like Wendell and AJ who can play a small-ball 4 when/if necessary, and two guys in Henry and Theo who are solid bigs off the bench. Heck, if we have injury/foul trouble we even have Jones, who has at least played non-trivial minutes at the mid-major level. The question now is how we shore up the depth on the perimeter, especially at the point. It sounds like Blakes is the likely option there, and if that commitment comes I have to imagine we won't go too hard into the portal for perimeter help since there won't be major minutes available, but may seek a depth/practice player akin to Jones.

    Losing Matt earlier this week was a blow, but I'm still VERY excited about next year's squad, and John is going to be a big part of it.
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    I like this dude's hair... fashionable, but tight back on his head so it is clear he is all business.

    I hope he keeps his beard trim like in the full body pic, as opposed to the face pic.

    Excited to have a Marquette ex-pat on the squad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brlftz View Post
    In what I hope is unrelated news, Mark Williams just put out a one word tweet, simply saying "no"

    ETA: Should have looked closer, he sent that late last night
    Thanks for scaring us, bro. 😉

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    Quote Originally Posted by arnie View Post
    Good news he’s coming. If Williams and Banchero are both on our roster next season and stay healthy, I agree he will not play lots of minutes. But he’s a great insurance policy based on next year’s unknowns.
    He certainly will compete in practice and I suspect he will give more than Tapé did this year. I think it is a solid pickup. Injuries happen and this kid is experienced. He is also pretty physical - that will help Williams develop and will help against some bulky opponents. Added bonus- he played at the Dean Dome and did pretty well (5-7).
    Last edited by dukelifer; 04-16-2021 at 10:55 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arnie View Post
    Good news he’s coming. If Williams and Banchero are both on our roster next season and stay healthy, I agree he will not play lots of minutes. But he’s a great insurance policy based on next year’s unknowns.
    Theo John scored 11 points on 5-7 shooting and had 5 rebounds in Marquette's win over unc. In my book that would give him some playing time in at least 2 games next year.

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    welcome to the party, pal !!
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    Front court is looking really good.

    Mark Williams / Theo John

    Paolo Banchero / Henry Coleman

    Very physical group.

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    The crazy thing is how much he's remade his body in college. He was a skinny, 6'8", 210lb kid coming out of high school. Now? He is absolutely chiseled and massive, at 6'9", 255lb. A BIG, strong dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDu View Post
    The crazy thing is how much he's remade his body in college. He was a skinny, 6'8", 210lb kid coming out of high school. Now? He is absolutely chiseled and massive, at 6'9", 255lb. A BIG, strong dude.
    I dunno. In that mixtape video, he didn't look that skinny. Was pretty strong then, too. I mean, not THIS strong, but still...

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    He's going to be 23 when the season starts. I'm a big fan of getting some older guys on the roster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natty_B View Post
    He's going to be 23 when the season starts. I'm a big fan of getting some older guys on the roster.
    Underrated point. Sporkz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natty_B View Post
    He's going to be 23 when the season starts. I'm a big fan of getting some older guys on the roster.
    Really like the physical maturity and hope he brings mental toughness that experience fosters. He's 6-9 but with a 7-4 wingspan. Our frontcourt has size and beef.

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