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.
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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.
Class of 2014 combo guard Robert Johnson has set a date to announce his college decision.
As first reported by Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com, Johnson will pick from one of his four finalists and end his recruitment on Friday, Sept. 20. Johnson confirmed the date of the announcement in a text on Tuesday evening to Inside the Hall.
Johnson, who has already taken official visits to Indiana, Virginia and North Carolina, has an official visit to Florida State scheduled for this weekend.
According to the Twitter account of the Benedictine (Va.) guard, Tom Crean had an in-home visit with Johnson on Monday and North Carolina coach Roy Williams conducted an in-home visit on Tuesday.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett watched Johnson, who is rated the No. 80 prospect nationally in the 247Composite, work out at his high school on Monday and Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton was in on Tuesday morning.
“I have some of the classiest and most passionate coaches in college basketball recruiting me,” Johnson said on Twitter late Tuesday night.
Johnson played AAU for Boo Williams, the uncle of Indiana freshman Troy Williams.
The fall recruiting period, which began on Monday, saw Indiana coaches travel to see Johnson and Devin Robinson, who plays at the Christchurch School in Virginia, over the first two days.
One of Indiana’s top recruiting targets in the class of 2014, Goodluck Okonoboh, will take an official visit to Indiana next weekend.
It will be the first official visit for Okonoboh, a 6-foot-9 center who plays at Wilbraham and Monson Academy, which is just outside of Springfield, Mass.
Okonoboh confirmed his visit plans late this afternoon via his Twitter account:
The premier shot blocker in the class of 2014 and a close friend of current IU freshman Noah Vonleh, Okonoboh has been a steady target for Indiana for several months.
Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson visited him last April at Wilbraham and Monson to offer him a scholarship in person and the IU staff tracked him closely throughout the July evaluation periods.
In July at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, Okonoboh said he talked to Vonleh frequently about the possibility of playing together in Bloomington.