Robert Johnson to announce decision on Sept. 20
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.
According to comments made in the past by Johnson’s father, Robert Sr., several factors will be important as the family sits down to make a final decision. Among them: education, graduation rate, program culture, environment, player development and the chance to earn playing time early. Style of play was also mentioned by Johnson Sr., but he added that his son can adapt to almost any system.
“He adapts to any system really. I think you would not see his best if you see him in a system where they’re making multiple passes and he’s not creating shots for someone, not creating shots for him,” he said. “Transition, he likes to get out in the open court and also as a trailer, hitting jumpers in transition.
“I’ve watched Indiana play and they pretty much let their guards loose. And he’s the type of player that was always a shooter, but now he’s been working on that high screen and roll, which a lot of colleges are running.”
Johnson’s visit to Tallahassee will be his final official visit and after returning from that trip, he’s expected to take a couple of days to think things through before making his decision public.
“Gotta tough decision in front of me, man,” Johnson said on Twitter late Tuesday.
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