Theo John was only at Duke for one year, after transferring from Marquette following the firing of his coach, former Duke star and Mike Krzyzewski assistant Steve Wojciechowski.
He was a backup to Mark Williams, now with the Charlotte Hornets and played a limited role with the Blue Devils.
Despite that, and despite his short time in Durham, John’s ferocity and reliability made him a much-loved Blue Devil.
He’s the most recent guest of the Brotherhood Podcast, where he was interviewed by Ryan Young, who followed a similar path to Durham. Young of course left Northwestern, where he was coached by a former Duke star and later assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski and like John, became a surprisingly good backup center.
And of course, unlike Wojo, Collins wasn’t fired by Northwestern. To the contrary, he was given a three-year contract extension recently after getting the Wildcats to just their second-ever NCAA appearance. Those are the only two NCAA trips in the 84 year history of the NCAA tournament for Northwestern.