New Indiana men’s basketball coach Archie Miller spent a good portion of his introductory press conference last week focusing on Indiana’s current players, and at some points, addressed them directly.
It looks like that effort is paying off.
Indiana guard Robert Johnson plans to return to Indiana and play his senior season for Miller and the Hoosiers, sources told AlbersAngle.com. Johnson could have graduated early and played his final season elsewhere as a graduate transfer.
Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard out of Richmond, Virginia, averaged 12.8 points (2nd on the team), 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a junior last season. Johnson has averaged at least 8.1 points, 24.9 minutes and has shot at least 42.9 percent from the field in each of his three seasons in Bloomington.
Johnson found himself in a miserable shooting slump through the middle part of last season, which was largely responsible for him shooting a career-worst 37 percent from beyond the arc. But Johnson will undoubtedly be an important piece to Miller’s first Indiana team next season.
Former Indiana coach Tom Crean plucked Johnson out of ACC country in the 2014 class, the second such accomplishment for Crean (Troy Williams). Johnson chose Indiana over North Carolina and Virginia.
Miller’s message seems to be resonating with players so far, and that’s a very good sign. As other media outlets have reported, Miller is scheduled to meet with 2017 recruits Al Durham, Clifton Moore and Justin Smith this week. Durham and Moore signed with Indiana but requested their release when Crean was dismissed as head coach. Of the three, only Smith (72nd) is ranked in the Top 100 by the 247 Sports Composite.