Indiana only scheduled visit for 2014 guard Robert Johnson

071413Robert Johnson will take an official visit to Bloomington the weekend of Aug. 24, his only scheduled official visit at this point.

It was reported earlier in the week that Johnson would also take a visit to Pittsburgh, but he later shot that down on Twitter and his dad confirmed that no visit has been schedule there, though they are talking to Pitt coach Jamie Dixon.

Robert Johnson Sr. said his son has talked with Virginia about taking an official visit the weekend of Sept. 6-7.

The decommitment of James Blackmon Jr. last week could be a factor for Johnson, who plays a similar role. I asked his father what Johnson’s reaction was when Blackmon Jr. announced he would reopen his recruitment.

“He did hear that news,” Johnson Sr. said. “That doesn’t really change his process. Of course he hopes James ends up back there at Indiana because he feels James is a great player and they complement each other well. Although, they are both good shooters.

“I think Rob has probably handled the ball a little more than James, James likes to play off the ball, but they are similar players.”

Johnson Sr. said his son wants to make a college decision before his high school season begins in November.

If Indiana impresses him away on his visit later this month, there’s a pretty good chance that could be the only visit he takes.

“It could be a situation where he takes one, two or three visits and says, ‘You know what, I’ve seen enough. I know where I wanna play,’” Johnson Sr. said. “Indiana is one of those schools he really, really, really likes. We’ve been talking to coach Crean and coach Johnson a lot, and those conversations are always good.”

  • MillaRed

    = what he said

  • MillaRed

    Doubts of what? Are a 100 elephants going to charge through his dorm room? His dad went through the entire process. I don’t quite get what he “could be missing.”

  • wesmont

    In the old days,guys never came in contact with other recruits.Now they have all these all star games and hear what other guys are going through.There’s nothing sinister about this decommit.He has been trying to get recruits to come here for months if not years.He has a few second thoughts.Sorry this stuff happens.I hate it,I think he is a perfect fit here.I hope he comes to his senses.Meanwhile let’s not go off the deep end.

  • wesmont

    In the old days,guys never came in contact with other recruits.Now they have all these all star games and hear what other guys are going through.There’s nothing sinister about this decommit.He has been trying to get recruits to come here for months if not years.He has a few second thoughts.Sorry this stuff happens.I hate it,I think he is a perfect fit here.I hope he comes to his senses.Meanwhile let’s not go off the deep end.

  • IUMIKE1

    Coaches also know full well that an injury like that can sap a player’s will to come back from it and they also know that it can create a situation where it is obvious that the kid is not going to have the high ceiling he did before the blowout of their knee, regardless of how hard they rehab. Even if he had not already been committed I highly doubt his phone would have been ringing off the hook especially from the schools he wants to be interested in him now. Those were the ones that would have been waiting until they seen what kind of a player he was going to be AFTER the rehab, you know the time span where neither JBJ or JBSr knew how things would end up. You can bet that they were damn glad they had IU as their ace up the sleeve & knew Crean would stick to his word even if the worst case scenario was to come about.

  • IUMIKE1

    I don’t buy into that it was just an all of sudden thing, even if he did just give a glowing review of IU 2 or 3 days before he announces his decommit. Think Sr. is trying really hard not to burn any more bridges than he already has as well. If the whole story was known, and under the circumstances (his hs coach also being his dad who knows the ins & outs of the recruiting scene all too well) I ‘d venture to say that the bridge with Crean is at the very least strongly charred.

  • IUMIKE1

    What you say is true, but with him being projected as being in the top 5 in the next draft, I don’t think Exum is gonna be coming through the doors at Cook Hall. Hope like hell he does but I don’t see it happening and I can’t say that I blame him one bit.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    well said bc, and i’m definitely ready to put this to rest and move on to the next big recruiting topic. i find that i’m repeating the same crap in all my posts anyway. ;)

  • IUMIKE1

    You think correct. No way this was a spur of the moment thing. WAY more to it than that IMHO.

  • IUMIKE1

    ECHO….ECHo….ECho…Echo….echo

  • WhatsUpKnight

    me either! how many draft positions (i.e. how much money) did nerlens noel lose due to that knee injury?

  • IUMIKE1

    You just typed what I just thought to myself. LOL

  • IUMIKE1

    You just typed what I just thought to myself. LOL

  • WhatsUpKnight

    you also noticed that i’m posting the same crap? jk, i know what u meant (i hope)

  • IUMIKE1

    When phrases like, things he could be missing, are used and “certain” coaches are now involved, well….I’m sure you get where I”m going.

    Gotta love the 100 elephants line, classic Milla.

  • IUMIKE1

    Maybe, ” yep I’m doing the same thing “, would have been a better way of putting it.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I’m moving on from the JBJ news. Besides, I’d much rather have a kid who comes in rising on the rankings from hard work in high school, then plays 2-4 years of college ball. JBJ seems to have the KU mindset, play 1 year, 2 years max, then jump to the NBA. I think we all know that Noah is at longest a 2 year player, but he has the mindset of being all in for IU while here. Not the mindset of a one and done, never really becoming a part of the IU culture.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    I really really like this guy, good size and excelling at the right time . Some of these players have tapered off where Johnson is just starting to hit his stride . Very impressive summer.

  • hoosier4life

    Hi everyone, I have been reading ITH posts for a couple of years now. I love the passion we share and I feel the pain. I have not seen a post on this but has anyone heard of Blackman SR. being offered an assistant job at KY next year? I live in Grant county and this is the word.

  • Earl Scheib

    No, just a die hard Hoosier fan who’s injecting some levity into the proceedings. I can only imagine what Crean is going through and I am sure he and his staff will find the best players. I salute all of your passion and commentary here on ITH. I could not imagine a more loyal community of fans. Here’s to a successful 2013 season, a more zen attitude about this stuff, and, of frigging course, banner #6!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    And now we will all wait for you to decommit and break our Hoosier hearts…

  • WisconHoosier

    Sadly, Kentucky’s administration chose to win, while IU tried to save money and be politically correct to hire Davis, a person woefully unprepared to the task.

    Then they doubled down on Sampson, also trying to save money (as was widely reported at the time). Horrible decisions. Both bets were high risk, and we lost both times.

    Not trolling here. I love IU.

    But as much as I dislike UK, I have to respect their process better than what IU put us fans through. Cal has a system, and it works. We can b**ch about it all we want, but elite players flock to him. I hate it, but I’m also a bit jealous at the same time.

  • WisconHoosier

    Watched 2 videos, wasn’t impressed. I don’t see any way he would get a shot off in the BigTen. But I’m not a scout.

  • Ole Man

    From now on my perspective on any recruit is that we are not in great shape with him until he has actually signed.
    And though you were being facetious with your “IU recruiting” problem comment; once I read it again, it did give me pause.
    You may have accidentally hit on something. Why, with our record of last year, two top four picks, etal, are we losing these players?
    I’m sure CTC isn’t worried, but I’m sure he must be scratching his head as well.

    Honestly, We lose four from the to 33, two of them after commitment–three of them from Indiana.

    What is going on?

  • Ole Man

    Exum really wants to come here and experience one year of college and get a one year adjustment to the states.
    But obviously, someone is in his ear about how high he might go in the draft.

    Blackmon struck me as sincerely wanting to come here. He healed; someone got in his ear, and we know the end result as it stands now.

    It stinks; none of us has any answers, mostly frustration.

    I’m sure CTC is puzzled as well; but he is doing the absolute right thing in moving on quickly.

    What I can’t understand is that we’ve lost four of the top 33, three of them from Indiana, two of them who were previously committed. (I don’t count Pinson.)
    Makes no sense after our record of last year and the NBA draft.

    Flabbergasted, here.

  • MillaRed

    My God. If this has legs Calipari really is the biggest d-bag of all time.

  • BC

    UK is top, but I actually don’t like their model. I don’t like how they have built it and sustain it. Not how I would do it.

  • BC

    Kentucky has the Derby and UK basketball. And those aren’t really the same crowds. Their sole sports entertainment is a college basketball team. Indiana has Colts, Pacers, IU, Purdue, Norte Dame. Do you put Butler on there now? Their concentration and investment is understandable considering the part it plays.

  • BC

    This was proposed a couple days ago actually. But it is a lot less likely to be true than it would be say 10 years ago. I believe the reason was the NCAA put an end to the practice by saying you had to hire them as an assistant coach, then capping the amount of assistants at 4. So you can’t, for example: hire a guy as a video speciality or something similarly vague. This used to be pretty prevalent in recruiting. As for this particular story. It might be true, we will have to wait and see. Sr is a coach and a UK alumni/former player, so it is not out of the realm of possibility. Another obstacle to this being true is I heard is his wife is an established doctor in the region so picking up and moving was not really an option. I have no idea if that is accurate though.

  • BC

    That person in his ear is probably an agent if I had to guess. Wonder if there are restrictions about contact with agents with international students.

  • Dennis

    This comment section is for Robert Johnson. Let’s discuss him and how he would fit into the IU System. Seems like Coach Crean and his staff think RJ would fit in well.
    RJ – have a good visit and hope you will enjoy the IU family you would be living and playing with if you decide to commit to IU. HOPE YOU DO.
    Dennis

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