July 23, 2013

Johnson to visit UNC

Robert Johnson emerged last month as a possible target for the UNC basketball staff as they aim to finish off their 2014 recruiting class with a natural two-guard or shooting specialist.

After some initial contact from UNC assistant coach CB McGrath, Roy Williams has now spoken with the 6-3 rising senior to let him know that the Tar Heels are highly intrigued with his ability to shoot the basketball and help UNC secure another scorer and ball-handler in the back court.

"Yeah I talked to him on Sunday," said Johnson of a recent conversation with Williams. "He said he's coming to see me first game this week. But he didn't offer yet," he continued.

Johnson said that the UNC staff has really started to increase their interest in him and he feels like an offer could be on the horizon.

"Yes, I think they are," said Johnson on whether he felt the Heels were close to offering him a full scholarship.

New Benedictine coach Ryan Marable thinks that the Tar Heels really appreciate Johnson's ability to not only shoot but help them out in other ways as well.

"They are going to watch him again in Orlando," said Marable. "They have great wings in that class, along with a point guard and would like to add a shooter who also do other things."

The young Cadet coach feels that Johnson's strongest trait is to put the ball in the basket from the perimeter, and it's something he's been doing at a high level all spring and summer on the AAU circuit as a member of the Boo Williams 17U team.

"He's a natural shooter, everyone in the gym expects the ball to go in whenever he shoots it," said Marable of his star player. "He's got very good shot selection and has really improved off the dribble and finishing at the rim."

He's also praised for his ability to defend on the ball at a high level, amongst other things that contribute to winning basketball games.

"He's an underrated defender and rebounder and a great student of the game who takes coaching as well as anybody I've been around."

Johnson's father has informed the Benedictine coaching staff that he and his son plan to take a visit to Chapel Hill as well.

"His father said that they are going to visit after Orlando," added Marable.

Aside from the increased interest from the Tar Heels, Johnson has offers and consistent attention from a lot of other schools such as Villanova, Indiana, Virginia, Florida State, Georgetown and Miami.

Villanova is thought of as one of the stronger contenders for the 6-3 scorer.

"Yeah Nova is strong," admitted Marable. He loves and respects the history and tradition of UNC and the chance to play for a storied program. Fit and playing time early will be big factors in his decision."

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