Badger Transfer Portal Targets: John Harrar and Theo John

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Penn State's John Harrar (21) during the game with Virginia Commonwealth University. The Nittany Lions topped VCU 72-69 on Wednesday December 2, 2020 in the Bryce Jordan Center. Photo by Mark Selders

Earlier this week, it was announced that Brad Davison would be returning to the Badgers for a 5th year. There is no doubt he brings leadership and a veteran presence the team needs pretty bad. I do believe the Badgers need a big man out of the transfer portal. Two potential targets are Penn State’s John Harrar and Marquette’s Theo John.

John Harrar

John Harrar's Career Night Bodes Well For Undersized Penn State Hoops | Onward State
Mikey Mandarino | Onward State

John Harrar was in a flurry of Nittany Lions that opted to enter the transfer portal. After coach Patrick Chambers was fired just before the season, the team gave assistant coach Jim Ferry the job this season, but they did’t give him the job full time. The players loved him. As a result, a majority of their veteran opted to leave.

The 8.8 points per game may not stick out. However, Harrar was a monster on the glass this year for Penn State. At 6’9 and 240 pounds, he was nearly impossible to defend the on the glass. He had great technique and was a strong individual to defend. Harrar also knows how physical the Big Ten is. While players like Ben Carlson and Steven Crowl will get stronger in the weight room, it’s impossible to simulate how much of a grind the Big Ten season is. He also has a strong finish to the rim and light hands.

 

Harrar would come in and contribute immediately, most likely as the starting center too. He gives everything his best effort every minute he’s in the game. Any time he was on the bench, it was a different Penn State team. With Nate Reuvers leaving as the all time blocks leader in Wisconsin, I believe Harrar would be a solid replacement, allowing Carlson and Crowl to learn and get adjusted to the Big Ten.

Theo John

Theo John - Men's Basketball - Marquette University Athletics

Theo John enters the transfer portal yesterday after 4 years at Marquette. Badger fans saw a lot of John in that span, playing Marquette every year as the in-state rival.

 

I see a lot of similarities with John and Harrar. Theo John stands 6’9 and 255 pounds. While he’s also not a scorer, he’s really great at protecting the rim. He averaged 1.5 blocks this season in 27 games for the Golden Eagles. Another fact worth noting is that John played AAU with Brad Davison.

However, John has been contacted by schools such as Minnesota and Duke. There seems to be more of a competitive market with Theo John. I think John fits really well with the Badgers as he has a physical body and can defend at an elite level. The one issue with John is that he can get in foul trouble. A lot of times with Marquette, we would see him on the bench with 2 early fouls. Nonetheless, he would be a solid addition for the Badgers and would serve as a mentor to players such as Carlson and Crowl.

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