INDIANAPOLIS – Three of the four Indiana Hoosier players to declare for the NBA Draft didn’t come as a shock at all. OG Anunoby’s draft stock hasn’t taken a hit despite his knee injury. Because of that, it was best he capitalized on that and didn’t risk coming back. He signed with an agent too so he’s no eligible anyways.
James Blackmon Jr. and Thomas Bryant each declared last year, but decided to come back to school since they didn’t hire agents a year ago. This year, they will do the same in testing the waters but having the option to come back to Bloomington if they choose to.
Everyone assumed that would be it. Those were the only three on the radar. That’s why the Robert Johnson announcement was a bit of a shocker. Granted, it doesn’t hurt anything since he didn’t hire an agent, but he hasn’t been listed as a potential draft pick at all.
Johnson, did improve his scoring last year in averaging 12.8 points-per-game. That is an improvement from 8.9 points-per-game as a freshman and 8.1 as a sophomore. His field goal percentage stayed the same at 44.9-percent, but his three-point shooting dropped from 44-percent to 37-percent.
Overall, Johnson averaged 10 points-per-game, 2.6 assists per-game while shooting 44-percent from the field and 40-percent from behind the arc in three seasons at Indiana. He made 70 three pointers last year after hitting 52 as a freshman and 51 as a junior.
I would suspect that this decision was to test the waters and see what he needs to improve upon, then come back for his senior season.