Robert Johnson to Indiana: Hoosiers Land 4-Star SG Prospect
Class of 2014 4-star shooting guard Robert Johnson officially committed to the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday.
InsideCarolina.com's Twitter broke the news, as Johnson was deciding between the Hoosiers and the Tar Heels:
Robert Johnson has committed to Indiana— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) September 20, 2013
Eric Kolenich of the Richmond Times-Dispatch captured the massive moment when Johnson put the Hoosier hat on:
Robert Johnson in his Indiana hat. pic.twitter.com/mi6iSOJbkf— Eric Kolenich (@EricKolenichRTD) September 20, 2013
Will Robert Johnson be an instant starter when he attends Indiana?
The 6'3", 180-pound product from Benedictine College Prep in Richmond, Va. is the No. 79 prospect in the country overall and the 23rd-ranked shooting guard, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings.
Johnson is a fantastic perimeter shooter, which has helped raise his stock in recent months. He played for the renowned Boo Williams travel team and averaged 16.7 points while shooting 36 percent from three-point range in 18 contests.
To further raise his profile, Johnson put up 20.2 points per game and shot 46.2 percent from deep in the Nike Peach Jam finals, all according to Bret Strelow and Stephen Schramm of the Fayetteville Observer.
Also in that report is a quote from national recruiting expert Dave Telep, who had rave reviews for Johnson's performance in the summer and expects big things from him in college:
When you put on your televisions and watch college basketball right now, I think one of the things that sets teams apart is their ability to make perimeter shots. Robert Johnson, over the course of April, May, June and July, he proved that he is an excellent perimeter player.
Those guys who can make 3s, they're like Italian sports cars - they're real luxury items. His stock has gone up because he's one of those guys, you have a reasonable expectation for him to shoot 40 percent from 3-point range during his college career.
As for what Johnson does specifically on the court, well, the tape is pretty impressive.
The precocious youngster's range from the perimeter is evident, but what stands out is his ability to handle the ball and run the point.
That type of combo guard should serve the Hoosiers well. It's still a year away, but head coach Tom Crean lost Victor Oladipo to the NBA draft lottery. He was a versatile 2-guard but didn't have the ball-handling chops to be a truly dynamic point guard.
Johnson fits the combo-guard mold extremely well with his knack for getting to the rim and sweet stroke from beyond the arc. As listed on ESPN.com, Indiana has four small forwards and two front-court players coming in for the 2013 class, but no true 2-guards.
There is still plenty of room for Johnson to grow, both in terms of his size and his game, so this truly is a great recruit for Crean to land as he continues to take the Hoosiers back to prominence.
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