Class of 2014 guard Robert Johnson is off the board.
The 6-foot-3 combo guard from Benedictine College Preparatory in Richmond, Virginia, announced that he’ll attend Indiana in a ceremony this afternoon in his school’s library.
Johnson, the No. 79 recruit nationally in the 247Composite rankings, also considered Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia.
Inside the Hall will have more on this developing story, including reaction from Johnson, his father and his high school coach.
(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
After announcing a list of five schools earlier in the week, class of 2014 Lincoln (N.Y.) guard Isaiah Whitehead ended the recruiting process in a press conference on Thursday afternoon at his high school.
The five-star guard announced that he’ll play for Seton Hall next season. Additionally, The New York Post is reporting that Seton Hall will hire Whitehead’s high school coach, Tiny Morton, next season.
“I would like to announce that I’ll be taking my talents to Seton Hall University,” Whitehead said at his press conference.
Whitehead, the No. 17 player in the 247Composite, also considered Indiana, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and St. John’s.
The 6-foot-4 guard took an unofficial visit to Bloomington in late August.
Indiana remains involved with several other backcourt options in the class of 2014, most notably James Blackmon Jr., Lourawls Nairn and Robert Johnson, who will announce his decision on Friday.
Nairn is scheduled to take an official visit to Bloomington this weekend and Blackmon Jr. has discussed using making of his five official visits to Indiana.
Australian star Dante Exum also has Indiana in his list of five finalists.
(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
On Friday afternoon, Florida State, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia will learn where class of 2014 guard Robert Johnson will play in college. Johnson, a senior at Benedictine College Preparatory in Richmond, Virginia, will announce his intentions at 3:30 p.m. ET in the school library.
Here’s our primer for the announcement with everything you need to know:
Guard, 6-3, 190-pounds, Benedictine College Prep (VA), Boo Williams
247Composite: 4-star (79); ESPN: 4-star (NR); Rivals: 4-star (42); Scout: 4-star (54)
Schools: Florida State, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia
Official visits: Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida State
The Primary Contenders
Johnson has four finalists and he’s taken official visits to each school in the last month. Publicly, he’s spoken positively about each experience, but most believe Indiana and North Carolina are the primary contenders with Virginia as a potential wildcard.
· The Indiana recruitment: Indiana put the full court press on Johnson in July after his performance at the Peach Jam. Kenny Johnson has known the family dating back to his tenure at Towson as an assistant coach. Following his official visit to Indiana, Johnson said the experience was one of the best of his life and also admitted that he nearly made a commitment while in Bloomington.
Two class of 2014 prospects who had announced intentions to take official visits to Bloomington this fall – Ahmed Hill and Stephen Hurt – will not see Indiana’s campus.
Hurt (pictured), who was visited by Indiana at Northwest Florida College on Tuesday night, decided on Wednesday night that he would not visit Indiana after concerns about fitting into Indiana’s up tempo style of play, according to a source.
The 6-foot-10, 280-pound big man is expected to choose between Kansas State, Miami (FL) and Wichita State. He’s already taken official visits to all three schools.
Indiana’s primary frontcourt target has been Goodluck Okonoboh, who took an official visit last weekend, for several months.
Hill, who was at the bottom of our 2014 recruiting board for the past few weeks, tweeted that he wouldn’t visit Indiana for Hoosier Hysteria on Wednesday evening and later confirmed the news in a phone conversation with Inside the Hall.
The Aquinas (Ga.) guard had been a fringe target for the Hoosiers and has four schools remaining on his list: Florida, Florida State, Marquette and Missouri.
On Wednesday, Indiana coach Tom Crean watched James Blackmon Jr. at Marion High School and assistant coach Kenny Johnson visited Devin Robinson at the Christchurch school in Virginia.
Class of 2014 guard Isaiah Whitehead is ready to announce his college decision.
The Lincoln High School (N.Y.) standout will make his destination known on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in a press conference at his school.
Whitehead shared his plans for a Thursday announcement on his Twitter account and Inside the Hall’s Jordan Littman confirmed those plans with his high school coach, Tiny Morton.
He’ll choose from five schools: Indiana, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and St. John’s.
Whitehead took an unofficial visit to Seton Hall last weekend and has an unofficial trip to St. John’s set for Wednesday evening. He visited Indiana in late August and had been considering an official visit for Hoosier Hysteria.
Whitehead is rated the No. 17 overall prospect in the 247Composite and the No. 5 shooting guard.
It’s a busy week for guard prospects being recruited by Indiana as Robert Johnson is scheduled to announce his college decision on Friday and point guard Lourawls Nairn will be in Bloomington this weekend for an official weekend.
Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour
Several class of 2014 prospects being recruited by Indiana will be making official visits this weekend and our latest recruiting notebook takes a look at those campus trips as well as other notes from the first week of the fall recruiting period:
· Goodluck Okonoboh, one of IU’s top targets in the 2014 class, will make his first official visit this weekend and Bloomington is the destination. The Hoosiers have long been considered one of the favorites to land Okonoboh and getting him on campus is the next logical step in making that happen. It’s been well documented, but the relationship between Okonoboh and current IU freshman Noah Vonleh is a very good one and this weekend provides Okonoboh the opportunity for his first up close look at the Indiana campus.
· Lourawls Nairn hosted Tom Crean for an in-home visit earlier in the weekend, but the major development for Nairn this week was the addition of Michigan State to his list of three finalists. Nairn had been considering a final three of Indiana, Minnesota and Oklahoma, but the Spartans are making a late push with Tyler Ulis seemingly headed to Kentucky. Nairn will be in East Lansing this weekend and then Indiana will host him for an official visit next weekend.
· Devin Robinson begins his official visits this weekend with a trip to Oklahoma State, the first of five scheduled trips. Robinson hosted Oklahoma State for an in-home visit on Monday and Crean and Kenny Johnson were in on Tuesday. His other three finalists are expected in next week. Indiana landed the most ideal timing for an official visit of any of the finalists as Robinson will be on campus for Hoosier Hysteria weekend.
Aaron Jordan has learned just how long and frustrating the recruiting process can be.
A class of 2015 shooting guard from Plainfield, Ill., Jordan has gained major interest from colleges, including Indiana, in recent months as his stock rises. According to the 247 Composite, he is the No. 63 recruit and No. 13 shooting guard in the class.
But to him, that heightened level of interest hasn’t made his recruitment any easier.
“At first it was overwhelming, but then as things calmed down and slowed down, I got my feet under me,” Jordan told Inside the Hall Tuesday night. “Especially when you start early, you don’t know what to do. Sometimes you want to go ahead and make a decision, but you just want to keep waiting because there’s all these other opportunities out there.
“You have to keep your head on straight, keep your focus and get to your main goal, and if there’s other people supporting you, you’ll be able to do that.”
In recent months, Jordan has added offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Tulsa, Creighton, Butler, Xavier, San Jose State and Illinois State, among others.
But he has also received interest from Indiana, and he has spoken with associate head coach Tim Buckley on multiple occasions. Jordan told Inside the Hall he has never been to IU, but will make his first unofficial visit to the Bloomington campus on Oct. 4, for Hoosier Hysteria.
“I don’t really know the school much because they haven’t offered me yet, but just how the coach talks about it, he says they’re a really good program and they work well with the kids,” Jordan said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things.”
Though many colleges have taken note of Jordan’s performance on the court, he has raised many coaches’ eyebrows through his performance in the classroom.
Going into his junior year of high school, Jordan has maintained a 4.5 GPA.