Robert Johnson declares for NBA draft, will not hire agent

  • 04/11/2017 5:36 pm in

Indiana junior guard Robert Johnson will enter his name into the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent.

Entering the draft without hiring an agent will allow Johnson to have the opportunity to be invited to next month’s draft combine and also work out for NBA teams while retaining his eligibility for next season.

Johnson, who averaged 12.8 points per game for Indiana last season, is not listed on any mock drafts or draft rankings as of Tuesday evening.

Indiana sophomore OG Anunoby will reportedly enter the draft and hire an agent while Thomas Bryant and James Blackmon Jr. will test the draft waters without an agent.

The deadline to enter the draft is Sunday, April 23 and the deadline to withdraw is May 24. The NBA draft combine will be held May 9-14 in Chicago.

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  • Jtime

    Surprised by this one. But nothing wrong with getting feedback on area of necessary improvement. I’ll truly be shocked if he enters the draft though.

  • cbags05

    Alrighty then

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    If he has NBA aspirations, this is solid advice from Arch.

  • HoosierHeel

    Glad to see the responses so far in this forum have been positive. Obviously he has no shot at getting drafted this year, but he does have the skills to play professionally at some level and will likely be a Summer League guy next year so it’s great for him to take advantage of this opportunity and get some valuable advice now before he enters his final season in Bloomington.

  • cpjason311

    Priller is next

  • Missing Moye

    We’ll put this in the category of “Why not?” Absolutely nothing to lose, and I’m sure getting feedback from other sources on what he needs to improve on can be nothing but beneficial to him and Indiana both (assuming he doesn’t stay in the draft, which I think it’s nearly a given).

    I doubt Johnson ever plays in the NBA, but he’s certainly good enough for a professional career of some kind – why not take some steps towards securing that?

  • StudentHoosier

    Alex – I think you are missing a word in the first sentence.

  • inLinE6

    Why not? He outplayed Swanigan in that couple mins.

  • Aspiring to the NBA, then this is part of the process. Until May 24th it means nothing more than i’m interested in taking the next step… give me feedback. RJ and TB should come back… and if they do, perhaps JBJ as well.

  • adam

    ‘Why not? He fouled the crap out of Swanigan while being a fantastically good time in those couple minutes’

    fixed 😛

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I don’t understand why all players even considering playing (or coaching) any level of professional ball don’t do this. It’s always nice to get someone else’s perspective from outside the program. They may be able to tell a player something that they’ve never heard or tell them in a way that is better understood. At a minimum, going through the process and talking to professionals in a business you want to be in would be beneficial.

    Before I graduated I took several mock interviews and attended all kinds of career days. Only helped me to be more prepared when they real interviews happened.

  • Outoftheloop

    For this past B1G season, Robert’s numbers were almost identical to James’ numbers. Neither really had a great year. But Robert is a complete player (plays defense, rebounds, assists, sets up the offense, etc.). He will come back to IU on a mission to make the League as a senior!