Very few recruitments were more intense than that of four-star shooting guard Robert Johnson. The Richmond (Va.) Benedictine guard is one of the better shooters in the class and an excellent player overall. Now Johnson will make his home in the Big Ten.
At a press conference at his school, Johnson picked the Indiana Hoosiers over Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida State.
"Firstly coach [Tom] Crean my relationship with him has been pretty strong all the way out," Johnson said at his press conference. "I think they’ve been recruiting me the hardest."
"The main thing he’s talked about is he’s made me a priority from day one. As far as me having a chance to play at the next level he talked about how he would do that developmental wise. I think that’s why it’s the best situation."
At 6-foot-3, Johnson is a high scoring guard who made a name for himself at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, and then followed it up with an excellent July for the Boo Williams Summer League team. Now Johnson will fill the role of scorer for the Indiana Hoosiers.
"He definitely said there is an opportunity there," Johnson said. "He didn’t promise anything, but he said there is an opportunity there. If I do everything he thinks I’m capable of and work hard then I’ll have a chance to play."
By making the commitment Johnson becomes the first pledge for the Hoosiers in the class. Indiana had a glaring hole for Johnson on their roster following the de-commitment of James Blackmon from the program in August.
It is very likely that Indiana will continue to pursue Blackmon in this class who they recently visited. Also Indiana is focused on big man Goodluck Okonoboh who recently took an official visit to the school.