The Indiana basketball team got some good news on Tuesday.
After declaring for the NBA draft earlier in the process, talented guard Robert Johnson has decided to return to college for another year. Johnson retained his eligibility because he never signed with an agent.
Jon Rothstein first reported the news via his Twitter account:
Robert Johnson is withdrawing from the 2017 NBA Draft and plans to finish his senior year at Indiana, per a source. #iubb
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 16, 2017
Players have until the 24th of May to make a decision on what he wanted to do. After going through the entire pre-draft process, Johnson decided that returning to IU for his senior season was the best decision for his basketball and academic future.
However, refuting the account several hours later, Robert Johnson addressed the report that was circulating.
Still within the draft process, haven't made a decision yet 🔕
— … (@RoJoJr) May 16, 2017
In all likelihood, Johnson will be returning to Indiana next season. With more underclassman having declared for the draft than there are spots for them to be taken, it’s the prudent decision. After enjoying a breakout season for the Hoosiers in 2016-17, Johnson can help his stock tremendously with another successful season.
He averaged 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a junior, shooting 45 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three point range. Impressive totals, but bigger numbers and a deep tournament run might put him in the first round of the 2018 draft.