Robert Johnson to return to Indiana for senior season

  • 05/16/2017 8:56 am in

Indiana junior Robert Johnson will return to Bloomington for his senior season, Inside the Hall has confirmed.

Jon Rothstein first reported the news on Tuesday morning.

Johnson, who averaged 12.8 points per game for Indiana last season, entered his name in the 2017 NBA draft but did not hire an agent. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is May 24.

The 6-foot-3 guard will be Indiana’s leading returning scorer next season.

The Hoosiers lost three players – OG Anunoby, Thomas Bryant and James Blackmon Jr. – to the NBA draft. Johnson’s return means that Indiana has 13 scholarship players on the 2017-18, which is the NCAA limit.

Johnson started 32 of Indiana’s 34 games last season and is just 22 points from 1,000 for his career.

The Richmond (Va.) native shot 37 percent on 3-pointers last season and 75.5 percent from the foul line and also averaged 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 29.4 minutes per game.

Johnson’s return should give Archie Miller a solid guard rotation to build his first Indiana team.

In addition to Johnson, the Hoosiers are expected to return Josh Newkirk, Curtis Jones and Devonte Green and will add freshman Al Durham Jr.

Update: In a Twitter post, Johnson said that no final decision has been reached regarding his decision and that he’s still in the draft process.

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  • Outoftheloop

    He was 3rd behind only James and Thomas. He was as good as James during the B1G season.

  • Outoftheloop

    Bristol? Hawkins?Humphries? Willis? Give me a break!

  • Outoftheloop

    And Robert, and Justin Smith!

  • Ole Man

    Totally agree with this idea, John.

  • iugradmark

    Seems like some reporters have spoken with his father and were told he is coming back but Robert is still not confirming.

  • TomJameson

    I think you’re right, but in moderation. If all else was equal, then I think the nod would go to Archie. But it’s not an overwhelming lean. I am convinced, however, that RMK got into a few NCAAs just because he was the coach. But come on, it was Bobby Knight and he deserved a little more of that lean. 🙂

  • TomJameson

    Pretty sure Collings minutes will be limited at first, but he’ll gain his game form pretty quickly. By the B1G season he’ll be ready to go (my opinion), and I think the entire team will start to see that groove as well. Will still be hiccups along the road, but we just need to be a little patient.

    Still think we’ll finish in the top 5 of the B1G, and win one (maybe two) games in the big dance.

  • Craig Mitchell Ha’o.

    Aloha John. Always enjoy your posts brother and thoughts on IU Hoops! Certainly makes sense-your thoughts on shorter Guard rotation with RJ getting a lions share of minutes. He being a Combo G tho gives Miller all kinds of combinations esp given our Frontcourt minus Bryant/OG.

    *Gelon SHOULD have been Redshirted last season. Maybe kid wanted to Work and try to earn a role but McRoberts-a walkon out of Bball for a yr. Filled that slot. GG’s a SHOOTER..and Miller seems like a shot doc of sorts. If he gets Stronger and Puts in WORK on his Guard skills esp Defensively maybe with Miller’s “Clean slate..Show Me” approach in yr one Gelon can earn a Shooters role initially. But im sure theyre pushing him to be a Complete Guard who defends. Itll take time-but a smart instate guy who can Shoot at 6″5″..he needs to watch Film on Ben Davis’ Randy Wittman. He Maximized his potential earning B1G MVP and All American honors as a Senior in 1983. (My first yr at IU)

    Durham…Just have a feeling about this Kid. Not super Fast, but Never “in a Hurry”. Smooth skilled long 6’4″ kid who wants to be Great. Liking that Length on Defense. Miller is about Being Aggressive on both ends and PUSHING IT BACK off steals and Boards. P

  • Shaggy_C

    “Robert Johnson was spotted flying a Cessna Citation over Bloomington this afternoon, which he used to create a smoke message announcing his imminent return.”

  • VOXAC30

    Haha…

  • Hoosierkamp

    ha, this made me chuckle

  • Hoosierkamp

    I really think this is a big test for Archie. Crean wanted Rojo to be a leader so badly… couldnt seem to get it figured out. This will be Archie’s challenge, and I think he will figure it out.

  • VAHoosier

    I’m a bit more optimistic than that. I think our backcourt, even with the loss of JBJ (which is a big loss, no matter what others might think), will be very strong. Two seniors starting, with talented sophs backing them up. Our forwards are very versatile, including Justin Smith, who I think will be an immediate impact player and see plenty of minutes from the get-go.

    On paper, our depth is shallower and we are smaller. But I think those things will be less meaningful than they appear, because Bryant played smaller than his size last year, and we were without OG for most of the year, anyway.

  • vicbert caladipo

    The only way for you to see how thin we really are is to look at other rosters. I have and most teams in the bigten have bigger more experienced players and we may be the only team asking a 6-7 220 guy to play back up center.

  • adam

    chemtrails

  • Donnie Vick

    Seems like Smith might be starter at some point in the year, especially if Hartman is limited or not quite the same as he was his sophomore year. I hope that’s not the case. I hope Hartman has a great finale at IU. Also, if Curtis Jones is more consistent as a sophomore, he could be in line for a lot of minutes as well. He really showed some flashes this year or at least in the Kansas game.

  • Larry Brown

    Stop worrying, we got the Prill

  • Jolene Smythe

    “Excellent 2-way player”- really? Excellent was the most accurate word to use there?