.John was a member of the Hoopeston East Lynn Cornjerker basketball team where he helped lead his team to a 25-4 record in 1973-74. They were the Wauseca Conference Champions, Rossville Holiday tournament champions, Vermilion County Tournament champions and Regional tournament champions before losing in the sectional to a team they had already beaten twice that season. He was unanimously selected to the Rossville Holiday tourney team, All Wauseca Conference and All County teams and was Special Mention All State. He averaged 17.5 points and 5 assists per game.
He walked on as a freshman with Al McGuire’s nationally ranked Marquette University and became the first freshman in the history of the school to make the varsity as a walk-on freshman. He appeared in 2 games there and then transferred to Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado where he received the 6th man award his sophomore year for the FLC Raiders. After the season, he decided to leave basketball and fully concentrate on academics and graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Chemistry and Biology. He then attended and graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago and became board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He is currently owner and President of Hoopeston Emergency Medicine Specialists, Ltd. He is married with 5 children and 3 grandchildren.