Johnson fills major hole for Hoosiers

Four-star pledge Robert Johnson gives Indiana a much needed boost in the backcourt.

The Indiana Hoosiers have one of the largest and most passionate fan bases in college basketball. Following the de-commitment of four-star scorer James Blackmon in August the fan base had been very anxious to say the least about the future squad and their ability to make shots from the outside. A lot of that anxiety went away on Friday afternoon when Robert Johnson committed.

One look at the Indiana roster for the 2014-15 season and it was pretty easy to see where the weakness was, lack of shooting. Indiana loses wing Will Sheehey after the season, and he is the only reliable outside threat on the roster right now.

In fact the Hoosiers had only two guards ticketed for the roster with point guard Yogi Ferrell and shooting guard Stanford Robinson, so depth was also an issue, and with Johnson possibly being able to handle a combo guard role, that gives the Hoosiers a much needed boost in multiple areas.

This is so important because if there is one thing that Robinson struggled with during his high school career it was shooting the basketball from deep. While Ferrell is a better shooter than he showed as a freshman, his strength is still breaking people down off the dribble and getting into the lane.

Dribble drive would also be the strength of Robinson, freshman combo forward Devin Davis, and the other freshman Troy Williams. In order for those driving lanes to be open, there has to be someone who can stretch out the defense from the perimeter, and now the Hoosiers have that in Johnson.

Also even though Robinson will have more experience, given the makeup of the roster it wouldn't be a surprise if Johnson stepped in right away and was a starter. For a team looking to re-load after losing major perimeter threats such as Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo to graduation as well as the NBA, this was as big and important a commitment as there could be for the program.

Now Crean can focus on some of his other top targets. Fellow Richmond native Devin Robinson is a huge focus, and someone who knows Johnson well. Another major priority down low is center Goodluck Okonoboh who recently officially visited the school. Also expect the Hoosiers to keep pursuing Blackmon.

Overall this is as need a commitment for any program as there has been in this class. For Indiana to get out to the East Coast and beat out North Carolina is huge, and now Indiana fans can breathe a lot easier.


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