Family Ties:  John Diener Commits to DePaul

Family ties are the ties that bind and it was a family connection that brings class of 2018 shooter John Diener to DePaul.

The Cedarburg (Wisconsin) High School sophomore verbally committed to DePaul coach Dave Leitao today to join the Blue Demons in 2018.

The 6-5 shooter is the younger cousin of former DePaul star Drake Diener, former DePaul director of operations Drew Diener, and former Marquette guard Travis Diener. 

“I went up and visited DePaul on Monday,” said John.  “Coach (Dave) Leitao gave me a tour of the campus and spent a lot of time with me.  The more we spent time there, the more comfortable I felt.  I just feel that DePaul is a great fit with playing in the Big East.  I have a lot of respect for Coach Leitao.”

Some of that respect comes from what his family has told John about DePaul and about Dave Leitao. 

“I talked to Drake about his experience there,” John said.  “I also talked to Drew.  They had nothing but positive things to say about DePaul and about Coach Leitao. I really respect Drew and Drake’s opinion.” 

Diener averaged 22.2 points per game at Cedarburg last season.  Following his sophomore year, John received a number of postseason honors.  He was named to the First Team All North Shore Conference, WBCA Division 2 All-State team, and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-State team. 

On the AAU circuit, John has been playing with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors team.  While he’s just a sophomore in high school, Diener didn’t feel like he was making a decision too early.

“I felt comfortable with the situation and why would I wait when I’m comfortable with what I’ve got?” John said.  

John was also receiving serious interest from another Big East program – the Butler Bulldogs. Creighton, Marquette, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Green-Bay had also shown interest.  

Diener knows what he needs to work on over the next two years to be successful at the next level.

“In college my role is going to be shooting the three,” said John. “I want to be a great shooter, that’s something I’m going to continue to work on.  I’m the point guard for my high school team. That’s really enabled me to play all five positions on the court.  In college my biggest role will be shooting.”

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