Podcast on the Brink: A closer look at Robert Johnson

  • 10/15/2014 10:49 am in

Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call.

Morris is joined this week by the high school coach of Robert Johnson, Ryan Marable, to discuss a variety of topics, including:

· Robert’s greatest strengths as a player
· What he thinks will be the biggest adjustment for Robert going from high school to college
· The former and current NBA players Robert’s game most reminds him of
· Robert’s personality off the court
· The question he asked Robert that helped convince him Indiana was the right place for him

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at [email protected].

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  • notfargj

    great interview, jerod. it’s nice to get an extra “behind the scenes” glimpse of who these young guys are through the eyes of their prep coaches. it sounds as if robert will bring a ton of positives to bloomington.

  • Thank you! I really enjoyed speaking with Coach Marable. Sounds like a guy who really cares genuinely about his players, past and present, and doing whatever he can to help them succeed.

  • gohoosiers09

    thanks again for these man, i love podcasts!

  • You’re welcome. Thank you for listening!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Thank you for the interview — it made me that much more excited to see RJ play!

    It’s probably not feasible, but I’d love more interviews with former coaches (AAU or otherwise) of our freshman. *cough James Blackmon, Sr. cough* 🙂

  • Good idea … 🙂

  • Bk39

    Awesome – which coach won’t let you have two bad days question was definitely worth highlighting. RJ’s coach has a lot of confidence that he will be as good as advertised. I really like these interviews. thank you!

  • MPmike B

    Good job! I think it’s a great idea of getting a personal perspective on each in coming players- Freshmen, transfer etc.. The interview helps us see how a player is on and off the court. Also, talk about personality and character. This makes me see Robert Johnson’s life outside of basketball, and it’s good to hear from the important people in his life who had helped him along the way.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Excellent work, Jerod.

    I live in South Carolina, so ITH and your podcasts are my lifeline.

    My commute to work is right at 30 minutes and there’s no better way to spend that time than listening to an Assembly Call podcast. Always look forward to it.

    I was so jacked up this morning after the RJ podcast that I just let the fight song outro play at full volume as I was walking up the sidewalk into the building. Haha.
    Great way to start the day……kudos.

  • Thank you Bk … yeah, I thought that was the most illuminating part of the interview. And I can definitely see Crean as a guy who will stay on guys relentlessly.

  • Thank you Mike. That was the goal, so I’m glad it translated.

  • That is great to hear Aiken! Thank you. I live in Dallas, so ITH and doing the postgame shows are my own lifeline too. 🙂 We all have to find our ways to stay current and active with our Hoosiers.

  • notfargj

    i second IUfanPurduePhD!

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Yep. I miss Indiana in general throughout the year, but this time of year when the leaves signal basketball season is fast approaching, it hurts even worse.
    Did make it to the Georgia Dome for 2012 Sweet 16 game against “that team from the SEC”, so I take all the chances I can get.

    Actually, I’ll share a side story on that note for anyone that may still be reading this thread:

    I was meandering around by myself in downtown Atlanta about two hours before the tip of the Sweet 16 game just kind of filling time. I turned down a long alley about four or five blocks from the stadium and there was another guy walking all by himself heading in my direction. He was walking at an extremely fast pace, head down, with a determined look on his face. It was Coach Crean.
    He was obviously just trying to clear his head before what (at that time – and maybe still) was the biggest game of his tenure at IU. We stopped, shook hands, talked, and I told him my grandfather (the biggest IU fan I’ve ever met) would appreciate the way he was running the Indiana basketball program. You could tell by his expression that he genuinely appreciated that comment, especially on the heels of a very trying first few seasons.

    I tell this story because since that day, there have been many bumps in the road and many of our fans aren’t big supporters of Coach Crean. I would be the first to admit I don’t agree with all of the decisions.

    But this much is clear (and it was obvious seeing the look on his face that day):

    Coach Crean LOVES Indiana Basketball, understands what it means to be the coach of Indiana Basketball, and is 1000% invested in restoring Indiana Basketball’s rightful place on the Mount Rushmore of college basketball.

    Go Hoosiers.