Crean pushes Johnson away from comfort zone

Robert Johnson struggled a bit offensively on Tuesday night in Canada, but that's OK with Tom Crean. Why? It's all a learning experience.

The final line wasn't great, but it wasn't what Indiana coach Tom Crean was most concerned about with his freshman guard, Robert Johnson.

The line: 0 points, 0-of-6 shooting, seven rebounds.

It was Johnson's least productive offensive game on Indiana's foreign trip in Montreal, and Crean said there was a reason for that.

"We wanted him to press a little bit," Crean said. "We wanted to get him out of his comfort zone of just being a really good, tough-minded player and being somebody who brings more awareness to his teammates, more verbal to his teammates, more commands to his teammates. Those are the types of things for him to take the next step.

"You're always trying to put guys in uncomfortable situations for themselves so that they can become good in those. That's one of the great added bonuses of this trip."

Johnson has played great defensively on the trip, but he struggled a bit with his outside shot. He was much better in the final game on Wednesday, though, finishing with 17 points on a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc.


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