Oklahoma Sooners extend off to 2017 4-star forward Theo John

John finds familiarity with Oklahoma and earns scholarship he was hoping for Wednesday

Theo John hoped that he would do enough to earn a scholarship with Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger and Sooners assistant coach Lew Hill in town to visit the school.

During his junior year at Champlain Park (Minn.), John averaged 13.9 points and 10.6 rebounds. He is a four-star center with offers from Minnesota, MarquetteNebraskaIowaIllinoisTexas Tech and Kansas State among others.

Add Oklahoma to that list after John did enough to catch Kruger's eye alongside high school teammate and Oklahoma 2017 point guard target McKinley Wright.

“I was definitely hoping for it, but a little surprised and shocked that I actually got it,” John said. “It’s a true blessing.”

John said Kruger told him that he would be a perfect fit for the program and that they wanted him to come down for a visit soon. He plans on making a visit either before the AAU season begins or shortly after.

He agreed that Oklahoma was a fit for him as well.

“I love the way they play,” said John, who has no plans of narrowing down his list any time soon. “Their style of basketball reminds me very much of my high school basketball team. They just like to run and play up and down. It’s a great program. They’re obviously doing really well. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them. The coaches seem to be really nice guys.”

John also has a connection with Oklahoma coach Chris Crutchfield. One of John’s very close friends, Xaiver Bonner, is the son of one of Crutchfield’s long-time friends, John said. The close connection heightens John’s relationship with Oklahoma.

“It’s just a familiarity,” John said.

John has made multiple visits to nearby Minnesota as well as Wisconsin and Marquette.

With Oklahoma looking for a post player in its 2017 recruiting class, John fits the mold and has a game comparable to Khadeem Lattin, a defensive stopper and energetic player.

 “I love playing defense. I take pride in that,” said John, who is working on his perimeter game. “I’ve got a really high motor. I take it personally when my man scores on me. I know I have to get it back or something like that.. . . Just trying to be the best: I have that mindset.”

The Sooners are also looking extensively at Isiah Jasey.

Oklahoma was also up to see Wright, who has garnered attention from the Sooners and Iowa State in the last month. Wright didn’t get an offer, but the three-star, six-foot point guard said the coaching staff told them they were waiting on another point guard to make a decision.

Wright was hopefully for an offer if Trae Young doesn’t pick Oklahoma.

Both Wright and John have expressed interest in playing together in college.

“It sure would be nice. We play very well together,” John said. “We’ve known each other for a long time. I could most definitely see it, we just need to sit down and talk and see what we’re both looking for and if it would be best for us. At the end of the day, we may want different things, but I’m hoping it can all work.”


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