Film Session: The versatility of Robert Johnson

  • 11/12/2014 11:17 am in

Freshman Robert Johnson posted a perfect 6-of-6 mark from the field during Indiana’s second and final exhibition game of the season — a win over the University of Indianapolis.

A look at four of these scores — and the offensive versatility he possesses — in the latest edition of Film Session:

Early in the first half, Johnson has the ball out near half court with the shot clock around 15 seconds:


Johnson makes a move right and begins to go by his man, as Hanner Mosquera-Perea tussles with his man, who now has his back to the action:


Johnson has attracked Yogi Ferrell’s man out of the right corner and has him as an option, but a higher percentage look at the rim is in plain sight:


He scores his first bucket of the contest:



Tom Crean has talked about more corner 3’s from his squad this year. While Johnson opted to finish this play off himself, having other ballhandlers who can penetrate gives Indiana’s offense the luxury of tucking Ferrell — the team’s only reliable ballhandler a season ago and a strong 3-point shooter (40.0 percent) — in the corner for open looks should the defense collapse.

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  • funkycfunkydo

    That coast-to-coast score looks so easy because the other four guys have their defenders cheating out to the perimeter. What a difference shooters make!

  • Oregoniu

    Oh, but to have a Noah or Cody or both, what a team that would be, dream on , Bob!! I saw Cody hear in Portland last night against the Blazers and his NBA game is developing nicely!!

  • Hooper!

  • INUnivHoosier

    And without scorers, that dish from Yogi for an open three wouldn’t have happened. What a difference a few shooters can make.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Agreed with both of you. When a defense has to respect shooters, defenses have to follow them and can’t just pack things down in the paint. That by itself opens up driving lanes. A dribble-drive offense simply cannot function without reliable shooters, so having some makes a world of difference.

  • Arsdale

    Granted this is based on a small sample, but he reminds me of a young Jim Thomas.

  • Connecticut Hoosier

    First time to post and really enjoy the site, the forums, and try to catch every game. RJ was a great pick up for IU. A friend of mine is a head recruiter for a local (to me) D1 college that was recruiting him. He said that when they recruited him they had concerns about his point guard skills or what positition he will play. However they obvously really wanted him. What will IU develop him as, a point guard or shooting guard?

  • David Macer

    Film Session is the best thing the ITH folks do !!! Love the breakdown of RJ.

    Also gotta give some huge props to the IU Student announcers !!! Very professional sounding and performing. I listened to about 5 minutes of the OSU students calling the Buckeyes game. IU kids are flat out better !!!

  • SilentBob

    Speed kills for # 1. Loved number four. Slow down, nice dribble to get the defenders back turned and then flip on the burners. Text book. Kid has a great sense for floor spacing and knows how/when to pick his spots. Flawless switching of speeds. Kid is gonna be a stud for years to come.

  • SCHoosier

    I’m diggin’ everything about Rob. However..the kid needs to learn to finish at the hole with his left hand…just like Vic had to learn after his freshman year. Johnson can dribble and cross over with this left hand ..but always finishes with his right. Using both can get better shots and more fouls.

  • ForeverIU

    I would think that especially because we did not get Shake Milton we would have to develop a point guard to replace Yogi just in case he declares early for the NBA draft.

  • yimyames

    Yeah, he finishes that coast to coast play with an explosive dunk, left handed.

  • cooper

    Shooting guard shouldn’t be a problem. He and Blackmon are good and Yogi is good. It’s the TO, rebounding and down low offense that’s is going to be an issue

  • afnewell01

    Reminds me of earl calloway does a little bit of everything

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    #3 was probably my favorite play of the game. (And yes, I saw the JBJ jam) I loved the stop and pop. If he can do that a little further from the basket, defenders are really going to have problems.

    I wasn’t surprised to see him handle the ball as much as he did. But I did find it interesting that he seemed to be directing traffic quite a bit.

    Now if Yogi and Hanner would have connected on that off-the-backboard alley oop… maybe I’d have a different favorite play.

  • ForeverIU

    Off-topic, but SMU big man Markus Kennedy ineligible for first semester. I kinda wanted to see how we fare against a team with a strong big man, and woulda been a nice early test for Hanner/Troy/Stan/Emmitt.

  • SilentBob

    I’m happy about it. Mainly because I’m attending the game…. lol

  • Snookafly

    At this point, I’ll take every advantage we can get.

  • CreamandCrimson

    We might get Lyle but I would imagine that the recent off-court incidents is making Tom Crean think really, really hard about bringing in a guy with a attitude and academic red flags in his past. I certainly don’t know if that’s true or not but that thought popped into my head when his name was recently brought up on another post.

  • ForeverIU

    I thought about that. I know very little about Lyle’s issues. I don’t even think we’ve offered him yet. His Oregon rejection I’m sure has him making major changes in his life/academics. It might actually be a safer bet getting a kid who has already gone through some of the life lessons before actually starting college. Trusting CTC on this one.

  • SCHoosier

    Me too..I don’t want that beast from UL to be the first guy we face in that regard.!!

  • CreamandCrimson

    Yeah, it’s completely up to Tom Crean (and the admissions staff). If he wants to bring him in and he doesn’t think there will be any behavior or maturity issues with Lyle, then they should bring him in. He could potentially be a big addition and he is very talented.

    I have never met Jaquan Lyle and he might just have a bad rap because of misinformation and some bad luck with a prep school transcript, I don’t know. That being said, the issues I know of (and I’m sure Tom Crean knows these things and much more) include academic problems at his former high school (and transcript problems from his prep school), maturity issues on the court (arguing with referees, teammates), behavior issues in school (I remember hearing of at least one suspension) and multiple recruiting analysts citing attitude issues on the floor and saying things like (“very talented but he might be more trouble than he’s worth” or “talented but questionable decision-making”)…we’ll see how it plays out but I do think the recent incidents make every incoming recruit’s behavior and attitude even more important.

  • GashausGorilla

    Not going to spend time bashing a teenager’s maturity, but I will say he has earned his ‘bad rap.” If Lyle ends up @ IU it would send a clear sign to those of us in Evansville that the Coach is not as concerned about keeping the “culture” in the program where it should be.