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The Duke Chronicle On What Theo John Brings To Blue Devils Basketball

Power, energy and shot blocking, among other things

Murray State v Marquette
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - MARCH 21: Shaq Buchanan #11 of the Murray State Racers drives the ball away from Theo John #4 of the Marquette Golden Eagles during the first round game of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at XL Center on March 21, 2019 in Hartford, Connecticut.  
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We didn’t see this when it came out but it’s still fresh and worth passing on: here’s the Duke Chronicle’s take on Marquette transfer Theo John.

Most importantly, he’s a physical presence down low and he’s an outstanding shot blocker. Between Mark Williams and John, Duke should have the best pair of shot blockers it’s had, maybe ever. Maybe Elton Brand and Shane Battier could challenge that. but not too many other Dynamic Duke Duos.

Toss in Paolo Banchero, who has a 40+ vertical, and Duke’s interior defense gets very imposing.

Here are some of the main points from the article:

“On the offensive end, John has a few tricks up his sleeve, particularly in the low post. When isolated on the block, the former Golden Eagle uses a forceful drop step to shield off his defender and finish at the rim...In pick and roll scenarios, John is alert enough to screen and anticipate the incoming delivery...The final component of the Champlin Park alum’s offensive arsenal is his propensity for snatching loose balls and converting second chance opportunities.”

Whatever his role ends up being, he’s going to be a big asset for Duke this coming season.