In a ceremony with high school teammate McKinley Wright, Class of 2017 power forward Theo John made a verbal commitment to Marquette and head coach Steve Wojciechowski on Tuesday evening.
John, who was deciding between Marquette and Minnesota, joins Ike Eke, a power forward from Michigan, in the Golden Eagles recruiting class for next fall.
According to 247 Sports, John is a 6’8”, 210 lb. forward, who attend Champlin Park High School in Minnesota. He’s currently ranked #207 in the 247 Sports Composite system after taking a massive downturn in the rankings since late August. He’s still a four star prospect according to their internal system, which ranks him at #110 in the country. ESPN, Rivals, and Scout all have John as a three star prospect, although the last two list him as a center.
Marquette has been recruiting John strongly over since they were first able to reach out to recruits in this class, making him a primary target for next fall. He self-identifies as a hustle player who takes it personally when his defensive assignment scores on him, so he’ll be a perfect fit for both Wojciechowski’s personal view of basketball, not to mention the roster for the 2017-18 season. With center Luke Fischer finishing his eligibility after this coming season, Marquette is in need of big bodies, as Matt Heldt is the only other player taller than 6’7” that will be returning in 2017.
Marquette still has two scholarships available for this recruiting class. Hasahn French, who just went on an official visit to Marquette last weekend, along with Jamal Cain (visiting this coming weekend) and Xavier Tillman (visiting the weekend after that) are the primary candidates for those spots. Don’t count out Jordan Nwora, though, as Wojo spent the first day of the fall recruiting period watching Nwora in an open gym at his prep school in Vermont. At 6 AM local time.
We’ll close with a visual look at Marquette’s current scholarship situation.