Analysis: Johnson chooses the Hoosiers

2014 guard Robert Johnson committed to Indiana on Friday. What's it mean? Find out here.

Indiana made Robert Johnson its priority in the 2014 class, and it paid off.

Johnson, a four-star shooting guard from Richmond (Va.), chose the Hoosiers over North Carolina, Virginia and Florida State on Friday afternoon.

Johnson, a 6-foot-3 guard, can play both on the ball and off of it, and he is a very good shooter from the outside. He exploded this summer and is currently ranked 8th among shooting guards in the 2014 class.

"He'll help you with three needs right off the bat," Johnson's AAU coach, Boo Williams, told AllHoosiers.com. "If Yogi [Ferrell] stays, you get a backup point guard. You get a guy that can play the two for you. And then you're getting a shooter. So he fits perfectly into three things immediately.

"He's not a great athlete, but he knows how to play. He knows how to get his shot off, make moves, he knows how to play. He's really an old-school guard."

Johnson wasn't a highly-touted recruit prior to this summer. So why did he blow up so much?

"What happened was, our point guard situation was OK, not great," Williams said. "And when we moved him to the point guard, and he could play the point and two, he was able to do a lot more things. That's what Indiana saw. They saw a kid that could be more than just a two-guard and a catch-and-shoot guy."

Indiana made Johnson a priority during the summer, and the Hoosiers were at the top of Johnson's list early because of his connections to the program. Assistant coach Kenny Johnson knew the family, and he has always successfully recruited the East Coast. Robert Johnson's friend, Troy Williams, committed to the Hoosiers close to this time last year.

The Hoosiers got Johnson's first official visit last month, and he was hosted by Williams. His father, Robert Johnson Sr., told AllHoosiers.com that his son wanted to commit after the visit, but later decided to take his time and make all four of his visits.

But despite late involvement from North Carolina following Johnson's big summer, Indiana still got a recruit it desperately needed. A great deal of pressure is off Crean and his staff now, and it puts Indiana in better shape with 2014 forward Devin Robinson, a close friend of Johnson. Robinson will be on campus for an official visit Oct. 4 for Hoosier Hysteria.

Thirteen players from the Boo Williams program have chosen Carolina. Before last year, zero had picked Indiana.

"That's two players in two years that North Carolina really wanted and Indiana beat them out for," Boo Williams told AllHoosiers.com. "That's unbelievable. That's hard to do. This is a big pickup.

"If you would have told me last year that two players from my program would commit to Indiana, I'd have told you you're crazy. No chance. Literally no chance. And it happened. The next time coach Crean and coach Kenny come to Virginia, they'll have to come with bodyguards."


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