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Based purely on how each played during the summer circuit, Johnson would be the clear preference. Robert Johnson blew up this summer and had a bunch of big time performances against elite competition, and some very good shooting percentages at events on the EYBL. Ahmed Hill actually had a pretty subpar summer and is probably trending down. His best performances came at lesser events that didn't feature great competition, and he seemed to struggle at all the big events that were loaded with talent.
They actually went head-to-head at the AAU Super Showcase a couple weeks ago. Johnson hit a step-back 3 to win the game for Boo Williams squad. That was in the morning session. That evening he hit a contested driving lay-up to win the game against Houston Hoops.
Thanks for the report bombur. It looks like this is going to be a wild finish for 2014 recruiting.
Sounds like Johnson is a good guess for our next commit.
I'd be surprised if he committed anywhere before completing all his official visits.
I'm interested to see if he cuts Miami soon. If so, he'll be down to 5 schools and he could actually give UVA an official.
Espn Insider article by Paul Biancardi
A couple of snipits from the article.
.....“He came into our program as a shooter, then he showed us he could score the ball in different ways and he even took over at the point guard,” said travel team director Boo Williams, for whom the AAU program is named. “Low-maintenance kids who are great players are hard to find -- Robert is both."
.......Johnson’s first official visit is scheduled to Indiana for Aug. 23-25 and he’s also slated to visit Virginia Sept. 6-8. He plans to make his visits along with his parents and said, "If I find something I really like, I won't wait. I could commit on a visit."
^^ Was going to post this as well. The comment about if he finds something he really likes he won't wait is good both ways -- he could well commit, and if he does he'd be a great fit, but if he doesn't then we have reason to focus the heart of the effort elsewhere without dragging things out too long.
So Justin Albers has tweeted that a source has told ITH that Johnson has a "clear leader".Anybody have access to the forums on ITH? Hard to imagine with IU being the only "confirmed" visit that anyone but IU is the leader,but without reading the actual post it's difficult to say for sure...
Saw that too.
I really, really hope so.
Sounds like Rob Johnson is the kind of player we want, and would without a doubt be another big plus for the team culture.
"It's Indiana. It's Indiana. What I feel is the pinnacle, the absolute pinnacle of all of college basketball".
Nothing flashy. Just smooth play, solid shooting and solid decision making.....all under control. Just the type of kid we need to surround all the athletes CTC has been bringing in.
I would love if we landed him.
johnson is less explosive, other than that, identical player to jbj. johnson, whitehead, black would be one helluva class. definitely what i'm hoping for. if we could fit humphrey in there, great.
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Espn Insider Article
Biancardi's Breakdown: Shooting guards
Below are five keys that are vital to being an elite shooting guard, with a look at which prospects from the Class of 2014 best demonstrate each of those traits.
4. Effective driving game
Why it’s important: To score points, the best 2-guards who are shooters by nature also understand the importance of the driving game. Being able to drive, force help, and make an assist or a basket is crucial to keeping their total game balanced. There are two types of drives that are instrumental to develop. The straight-line drive is a direct path to the basket where the player goes in hard and looks to finish strong. The other type of drive is more about changing speeds and shaking free by twisting and turning a defender out of his stance.
Who does it best:
Robert Johnson: Known as a perimeter player who makes shots, Johnson’s ability to drive is also quite impressive. He has the vision to read how he is being defended and then attack the basket when the situation calls for it. A low shoulder and tight handle help him hit the gaps, and once inside the paint he can finish with either hand. He uses his dribble penetration to score but also to read the help defense and see his open teammates as his drive, draw and find game is always a threat.
FYI, our man Jerry Meyer is very optimistic about IU's chances at Johnson.
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I hope this recruitment is the opposite of Pinson recruitment.
Hey Alex. Mr. Meyer is the only 247 insider leaning towards IU. I just posted on the HSN insider board......" I wonder what Mr. Meyer knows, that none of the other insiders seem not to know."
This is very curious to me, in that something may have just happened for Mr. Meyer to put IU in the lead for Mr. Johnson.
After all that has been written and said about him, I am surprised he is almost 100% predicted to UNC.
It seems IU has been in good shape with him. But only one insider predicts IU.
My spidey senses tell me we get him. But those same superpowers told me my cubs would win a world series on a few occasions.
This post was edited by bluegrassIU 8 months ago
Just went with IU myself. In Jerry I Trust on this one.
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looking like it's possible that you'll be surprised.
5 CB picks for us the last 2 days. Gaining some ground b4 the OV.
I don't think that's just pre-visit momentum either. Think there's substance behind it.
Nice to hear. If I had a crystal ball, I'd say he's our next commit and we will be glad to have him.
Ok here is the best I've been able to gather surrounding Robert Johnson's recruitment.
1. He has definitely said he is open to ending his recruitment early by committing if he feels comfortable during a visit.
2. The IU staff is pushing hard to close this recruitment this weekend for a variety of reasons that need not be rehashed here. They are going to throw everything but the kitchen sink at him this weekend.
3. Johnson's father is not cool with the whole commit/decommit stuff. So there won't be some quick trigger from his son based just on a gut reaction. This is going to be a serious decision with no backing out. If it feels right, then the family would retreat somewhere to have an in-depth discussion about ending the recruitment. That could mean back to the motel, or that could mean back to VA once the visit ends. But before the final decision is made, there is likely to be some sort of very intense family-only meeting about it.
4. So there appears to be a window of time in which an early commitment to IU could occur. That window seems to extend from the official visit through about the first 36 hours after the visit ends. It could happen on the visit. But if it doesn't happen on the weekend, it does not instantly mean it is over. As I said above, the family takes the decision seriously and will need to talk about it. If we reach Wednesday without word of a commitment, that is when it would look like an early commitment to IU is not happening.
5. The Johnson family has continued to have recruiting conversations with the other finalists on the list even as these rumors of an early commitment to Indiana have gained steam. The UVA staff strongly believes Johnson will be taking his visit Sept 6-8. There has been talk with multiple staffs about in-home visits in the middle of the month of September. I don't really know how to interpret that beyond it being obvious that the Johnson family is planning a normal fall recruitment, but is open to the recruitment ending early.
I wouldn't even begin to make a prediction on how this will all shake out. I just can't predict what teenagers are going to do. So I'm just going to sit back from Friday through Wednesday and wait to see if an announcement happens. I have some thoughts on the Robert Johnson recruitment going forward if a commitment doesn't happen, and some thoughts on IU's 2014 recruiting based on both scenarios. But I'll wait to see how this shakes out first.
How does the QS and the IW recruitment impact our chances with Robert? Granted he may commit first but wondered if they had concerns about adding one of them or if they were fine with another guard
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