Hoops Recruiting Central: IU or UNC?

Hoops Recruiting Central: IU or UNC?

2014 guard Robert Johnson has seen both schools. Is it down to just those two?

Robert Johnson would like to make a decision and put the whole recruiting process behind him. As his father, Robert Johnson Sr., told me last week, everything has been wearing on him since the beginning of the summer and Johnson is getting stressed out.

"All this pain and all this stressin I should have a bald head," Johnson tweeted on Sunday night.

But Johnson hasn't committed anywhere yet, which suggests its still a close race between Indiana and North Carolina and he hasn't made up his mind.

We talk about Johnson on almost a daily basis in this blog now, and that's because he's so incredibly important to Tom Crean and his staff. If Indiana misses on Johnson, the Hoosiers are in trouble in the 2014 class. If they get him, maybe someone else comes with him (i.e. Isaiah Whitehead).

Crean is doing everything in his power to land Johnson. He traveled to Massachusetts on Saturday to see Boo Williams earn an award from the Hall of Fame. Williams is the uncle of Indiana freshman Troy Williams, but he's also Johnson's AAU coach.

From there, Crean went to Johnson's school in Richmond (Va.) yesterday to meet with him, a visit that sources say went "very well."

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton and North Carolina coach Roy Williams will both be at Johnson's school today.

It's going to be close, there's no question about it. But we could now be about a week away from Johnson's decision.

"I know he liked the North Carolina visit," Boo Williams told AllHoosiers.com, "but I still don't see how he ends up going there. They have too many other guards. I still don't see it, but who knows."

Our Evan Daniels caught up with Johnson yesterday and did a lengthy Q&A with him. That complete story can be found here. In the interview, Johnson talks at length about the North Carolina visit, including Williams' plan for getting one last guard in the 2014 class.

"We went through that too," Johnson told Daniels. "He said it's pretty much me, Rashad Vaughn, James Blackmon and Dante Exum."

It's a first-come, first-serve scenario in Chapel Hill, and it's interesting to see the names of the guys on that list. Three of them -- Johnson, Blackmon Jr. and Exum -- are Indiana targets.

To close the blog today, here's what Johnson told Daniels about each of his three official visits thus far. Remember, he will take a trip to Florida State this weekend.

On Indiana: "What I liked about Indiana were the players. They are a good group of guys. They like to get in the gym. They are cool guys. I like the coaching staff and they are one of the best coaching staffs in the country as far as relating to the players and showing you what they think is special about Indiana. Those are some of the things that stood out."

On Virginia: "With Virginia I liked the coaching staff. They have an advantage of being close to home. Their main selling point was basically I could come there and do something that hasn't been done in a long time, as far as representing Virginia and being from Virginia and helping them build a national contender."

On North Carolina: "The weekend was a lot of fun. There were a lot of questions that me and my family had that got answered. I had a chance to sit down and talk to Coach Williams a lot so that was good.

"The Carolina trip was right there as far as the time I had and the questions that were answered and the overall feeling I got from the trip was right up there with Indiana and Virginia. I guess they answered a lot of question and they showed me a good time. So I thought it went good."

On Florida State: "The main thing Coach Hamilton has been telling me is that I have an opportunity to come in and play and be an impact player as soon as I get there. He said I'd have the chance to have the ball in my hands. He said they have a lot of pieces but that I'm one of the things that they're missing from being a real good team. That's the main thing that attracts me to Florida State."

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