Hoosier Intel: Crean visits Johnson

Indiana coach Tom Crean visited 2014 guard Robert Johnson on Tuesday. Among the topics discussed: James Blackmon Jr.

Last week, Indiana earned a major commitment from 2014 guard James Blackmon Jr.

This week, Indiana coach Tom Crean paid a visit to the first commit in the class -- Robert Johnson -- to make sure he knows the staff hasn't forgotten about him.

Crean was in Virginia on Tuesday to see Johnson, a 6-foot-3 combo guard who committed to the Hoosiers back in September.

"He just wanted to watch him workout in practice," Robert Johnson Sr. told AllHoosiers.com. "He was just enthused about getting Robert in next year. He was talking about some of the things they're faced with this year as far as not having a backup point guard and having use different people at different positions."

And of course, the Blackmon Jr. commitment was discussed.

"He pretty much just told Robert the same thing, that nothing has changed," Johnson Sr. said. "Rob's going to come in and play. And James is pretty much the same. They're going to play together most of the time because the way that system runs, you need some guards that can really shoot the ball.

"That's what he was stressing to Rob. He wanted to answer any questions if Rob did have any questions about James' commitment and would that change anything. He assured him that if he has any questions about that, he doesn't have to worry."

When Indiana began recruiting Johnson, Blackmon Jr. was already committed to Crean in the Hoosiers. By the time he committed, though, Blackmon Jr. had reopened his recruitment, making Johnson the first commit in the class.

In short, Blackmon Jr. committing to the Hoosiers didn't come as a total shock to Johnson.

"He was pretty comfortable," Johnson Sr. said. "He might have had some questions about the recruitment process. Pretty much I just told him, 'I think you're thinking too much' because they're not the same type of players. Rob handles the ball more than James does. Robert's a little bigger. But they both shoot it well. I really, really think James shoots it well, Robert shoots it real good too. I just think they're different players though."

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