Q & A: Robert Johnson on fall workouts, benefits of Canada trip, more

  • 09/15/2014 6:06 pm in

Indiana freshman guard Robert Johnson had a strong start to his college career as he averaged 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.6 turnovers in 24 minutes per game during IU’s five-game tour of Canada.

The Richmond (Va.) native recently spoke to IUHoosiers.com about the start of the fall semester, the benefits of IU’s foreign trip and more. The complete Q & A is available below:

On how school and workouts have been thus far:

“So far I think it’s been good for the team with workouts, weight lifting, conditioning and all things like that. Moving forward, everybody’s starting to take it to a second gear. Class is good, everyone’s pretty much adjusted by now so we’re just trying to keep the wheels rolling.”

On what makes Indiana such a special place:

“One of the main things by far is the support. Anywhere you go, you have people saying they can’t wait to see you play and they expect highly of you and they’re behind you no matter what. When you have fans and support like that, it just makes you want to work that much harder so you can have a successful season.”

On the importance of Cook Hall in your development:

“I think it’s like a second home now. I’m in here two or three times a day at least getting work in, getting shots up and that’s something I just love to do. I think it’s helping me raise my game and get better everyday so I think it’s good.”

On if your expectations are being met in terms of why you chose Indiana:

“Most definitely, I think so. Like I always said, the main reason I came here was Coach Crean and his vision for me, the plan he had for me and how he was going to make me a better player. The things we’re doing right now are all examples of that. It was the right decision.”

On the benefits of the trip to Canada:

“It’s all about getting some type of experience. Obviously, it’s not the Big Ten and at that level, but we did play some pretty good teams up there. It allowed us to get our feet wet, especially the new guys so I think it was a good experience for us and helps us moving forward.”

On the pushing your teammates and being pushed:

“One of things about our team,, is we are really competitive with each other. So James (Blackmon) and I when we are in the gym together, we’re always trying to beat each other at one thing or another. I think that’s an example of how we push each other to get better. I think at the end of the day, it’s going to make both of us that much better and harder to play against.”

On what your favorite class is:

“I would probably say my `What is America?’ class because it’s based on food.”

On what your favorite Bloomington restaurant is:

“I would probably say the Village Deli because I like breakfast and they have pretty good choices.”

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  • SCHoosier

    I don’t think fans have to worry about Rob “takin’ care of bidness”. Can’t wait to see him in action.

  • jacobdetroy

    In the same interview is Cook Hall as a second home and competing against JBJ every day to be the best. Yes, please.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    proud that we landed this kid, he’s doing things the right way. and boy am I jealous, sounds like he’s having a great time!

  • Dean Olson

    Ah Village Deli, great choice. Can’t wait for the season!

  • kaponya44

    Favorite player in this class although I am liking what I hear about Holt and still curious about April.Not that I don’t like JBJ a lot for us…I just prefer balanced or defensive minded players for favorites.

  • Zach

    Village Deli and What is America are both good choices! And the guys a Packers fan? Reassures my favorite player

  • ForeverIU

    I thought he would say 3 a.m. Denny’s t-bone steak and eggs, lol. Ah, those were the days.

  • Ole Man

    What are you hearing? I haven’t heard anything except that he’s registered and attending classes.
    Share the news!

  • Hardwood83

    ” And the guys a Packers fan? ” Shows nobody’s perfect and young people, particularly, are suceptible to lapses in judgment.

  • banarish

    RIP Waffle House

  • Candy Striped Kid

    RJ loves some VD huh

  • Joe Pop

    he obviously just likes to win, 11 of the last 14 years his team has been in the playoffs. Lets hope he brings that kind of track record to IU.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Max is my favorite, but RJ = a very close second. The overall “team” attitude of those who speak to the media is certainly an improvement from last year…


    OK, it qualifies as a legit good memory if you remember the place, but if you’re gonna say that you can remember that it was 3 a.m. and that you can remember what you ordered, and it was at a Dennys, does it really count and maybe more importantly should we even believe you ? lol

  • ForeverIU

    Lol, yes, because 3 a.m. and eggs technically count as breakfast, and the Bombay Saphire (and its ilk) actually sharpens my memory.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Had some interesting experiences at that place.

  • INUnivHoosier

    The superstitious are apoplectic right now.

  • kaponya44

    I heard from ITH’s own Alex Bozich who has saw Johnson play with this team really emphasize how much Johnson contributed on his scoreless evening in Canada.The thing is you get the feeling watching his clips that Johnson is going to take absolutely every facet seriously. We have all watched high level guys who got discouraged when they didn’t make a single shot.How often did those high caliber players let the adversity lower their effectiveness in other areas when the ball stopped going in? No ,that particular games analysis should have said more about ROJO than all his highlight reels combined.