Robert Johnson wins MVP of Bullis Holiday Classic

  • 12/16/2013 10:38 am in

It was a highly productive weekend for a future member of the Indiana backcourt.

Class of 2014 Benedictine (Va.) guard Robert Johnson led the Cadets to three wins in the Bullis Holiday Classic in Montgomery County, Maryland and was named the MVP of the three-day event.

In Sunday’s championship game, Johnson scored 28 points and added five rebounds and four assists in a 76-73 win over Genesis Academy. Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson were both in attendance.

In Saturday’s semifinal, Johnson had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists as Benedictine beat the Westtown School, which features Maryland recruit Jared Nickens, 49-48.

In a Friday win over Archbishop Spalding, the future IU guard had 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Future IU forward Max Hoetzel was also in action over the weekend as Wilbraham and Monson Academy played three games at the Peddie School in Highstown, New Jersey.

Hoetzel had seven points in a 54-44 win over the Hun School on Friday, 12 points in a 75-66 win over the Phelps School on Saturday and five points in a 61-59 loss to the Peddie School on Sunday.

James Blackmon Jr., who is averaging 46.5 points through two games, did not play over the weekend as Marion’s game with Columbia City was canceled due to weather.

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  • MillaRed

    Probably getting triple teamed.

  • Eggman

    Great post. I agree. Sad you have to worry about getting blasted by people on here, when you only speak what you feel is the truth. Or have some mod pretend to know so much and try to discredit you with some fluffy rah rah your not a real fan stuff. Do not have to be a delusional only positive poster to be a true fan. Sometimes we get tired of what we see and want to voice our frustrations.

  • Ole Man

    I clearly said that Crean is a good recruiter. Even Sampson got some good players here–I remember a kid with the last name of Gordan.
    My point has merit. Why is it so hard to comprehend that it is plausible?

  • Eggy

    Thanks. Didn’t know how to look up the recruiting on espn or rivals to see who had offered him. So if you say he is good I’m ok with the offer. Keep up the work moderator.

  • Andrew

    Thanks. I knew all that. I’m a college basketball fan w/ a good memory who pays attention. (Why did you leave out Elite 8’s at UK in ’92 and ’95?) Like I said and you faithfully parroted, it took him 12 years at L’ville before he won it all. And he is a far superior coach to Crean, right? With a far more impressive resume, yes? Soooooo…it’s kinda hard to win a nat’l championship, wouldn’t you agree? Especially these days b/c of the fluidity of the college game. But I’m sure you realize that.

  • Victorbear

    Butler freaking butler went to back to back championship games…so what are you talking about.

  • Victorbear

    Andrew if you were the AD how many years would you give Crean to at least make it to a final four, I mean there has to be some measure, are you saying 30 years for one final four or what?

  • MillaRed

    What am I moderating again? Learn me. I like me some learnin’.

  • Snookafly

    He did stick it to us when he was at Iowa. He stole one of our best players, beat us in the B1G tourney, and tried to undermine every aspect of our program. I will always love what he accomplished as a player, but he can stay in California as a coach.

  • CreamandCrimson

    And IULore specified that “besides Gordon” (note, it’s Gordon, not Gordan), who have we landed since the 02 team. He wasn’t disagreeing with your point and I don’t think he finds it “hard to comprehend”.

  • Andrew

    Yes 30 years. So if he doesn’t make it this year, he has 24 more chances.

    You people are funny.

  • Andrew

    How many did they win?

  • Hoosier10

    If someone told you that there were two college basketball teams from Indiana, one went to back-to-back national championships and the other went to back-to-back Sweet Sixteens every single person in the state would assume it was IU going to the national championship. It hasn’t been that way even with a preseason #1 ranking. Hoosier fans expect more than Sweet Sixteens.

    Crean is great but he needs to get over the hump. His job got a lot more secure with Stevens going to the NBA but he still needs to produce better results.

  • APHoosier

    Wish you were avaialble to coach. Sounds like we would be sitting pretty.

  • Rie

    Thank you for offering insight. I always enjoy when people bring substance to a conversation.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    As I recall, everyone was saying the same things about Noah last year, 10 points here and 11 there, prep schools tend to spread out the points.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    Come on, its IU! There are fans who wanted Knight’s head when he was not able to duplicate or surpass UCLA’s string of NCAA championships under Wooden. I agree with your “objective” analysis, but as an IU basketball fan, how many of us are truly objective? IU basketball should always be in contention for national championships, just as the definition of IU football will always be mediocre. As fans, we moan and complain that national championships aren’t coming, but we continue to love and support our Hoosiers. From an objective viewpoint, as an IU administrator, your every 5 year run for national championships, as long as the fan base remains supportive, should be enough for Coach Creen to keep his job.

  • nwin iu fan

    your not crazy well stated agree with everything, how many turnovers a gm have we averaged since crean has been here?

  • HoosierTrav

    I’ve tried defending Crean on all of these points in the past. I really have. I always used to say that “it took Pitino 10 years to win a title in Louisville.” But when you watch the games, Pitino never failed the “eye test.” You never once thought that the other coach was far and away better than him. I’ve yet to be impressed with Crean’s in game coaching. I’ve never once watched a game and thought, “Wow! Crean really outsmarted that guy.” Not once! Statistics aren’t always the tell all be all. There is a lot to be said for the “eye test.” Yes, sometimes I see the players of great coaches standing around, looking lost but they usually ALWAYS call a timeout and gather their teams. Honestly, I’m more shocked when I watch our team run a good set than I am when we stand around the perimeter like an AAU team. I never see a coach of one of those teams get a sizable lead in a big game and continually substitute continuity for cold legs. How many games would we have won if it weren’t for CC halting of our runs, right as the run was just starting? You dont see this from Billy D, Rick P, That one douche in Lexington, Ol Roy, or Coach K. You just don’t….. I’m not sorry for how I feel. I really don’t think he can get the job done. I don’t think we will see a final four under Crean…. 20 years is not acceptable to me. That would mean it would have been 44 years between titles. That’s not a standard that Indiana basketball should accept…… EVER!! If I have to celebrate another sweet 16 again, I think I’m going to puke. When did mediocrity become so acceptable with some IU fans?

  • HoosierTrav

    The key to next seasons success hinges on the improvement of said players that you listed and keeping Noah Vonleh in Bloomington. As we watched w/ Mitch McGary last season, you can string together a few good games against quality opposition and all of a sudden you’re in the lotto discussion. We are in trouble if he leaves next year IMO. This is a situation in which having a one and done negatively affects the program.

  • Snookafly

    I can accept you argument if by “serious NC contenders” you mean participating in a Final Four. If your talking about high rankings in the regular season that’s completely meaningless. I’m not really sure Crean fits that criteria either way.

  • William Hagenmaier

    no your not crazy I agree with you 100 per cent

  • William Hagenmaier

    were not a bad as ky fans

  • Andrew

    Who’s celebrating a Sweet 16? I’m celebrating an outright B1G for the first time in TWENTY YEARS. With the strength of the conference last year, that is far from a mediocre achievement, and if that makes me a loser, so be it. To me a 10-week conference grind says much more than a few games in March. I wouldn’t trade places w/ Michigan last year, and I suspect that’s where you and I really differ. If you don’t win it all, who the hell cares if you made it to the title game? That to me is the real loser attitude. Is Davis a great coach b/c IU made it to the 2002 final? That team lost 12 times.

    You say you don’t think we will see a F4 under Crean. Fine. But that is your OPINION. It means nothing. My OPINION is that the future is extremely bright w/ the young guns we have and those coming next year. It also means nothing.

    Here’s the problem: you and so many other fans think that last year was our best chance ever to win it all. Get. Over. It. I’m sorry Syracuse broke your heart. As someone noted above, anyone who doesn’t see that last year’s team had serious limitations is crazy. The 2013 Hoosiers wouldn’t make the top 50 of most talented teams not to win it all. Two midget guards, no depth, very reliant on jump shooting. Don’t you think there will be other years where we have an even better team? One with a much better mix of athletes, size, and shooters? I do. But I’m guessing you don’t.

  • William Hagenmaier

    tom c seems to have a hard time coaching against a zone IU will see nothing but zones rest of year If they finish .500 I will be suprized

  • BamaSlug

    You do realize they have Goodluck Okonoboh, Mustapha Heron and several other D1 prospects

  • Victorbear

    Jordan Crawford was pretty damn good too, tearing it up for Brad Stevens now..

  • Victorbear

    Didn’t take him 12 years at Kentucky.

  • Victorbear

    Uhhhh they had #2 and #4 pick in nba lottery??? What are you talking about. You want 5 lottery picks for Crean to win it all??