Sabre Scoop: UVa Impresses Johnson

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UVa A Player For Johnson?

The pressure was on Tony Bennett and company to make an impression upon 4-star combo guard Robert Johnson last weekend. While the Benedictine (Richmond, VA) senior may ultimately end up playing his college basketball outside of the Commonwealth, UVa now appears to be a serious contender.

Robert Johnson

“I honestly think UVa did a lot of good things,” Benedictine head coach Ryan Marable said, discussing the official visit Johnson made to Virginia last Thursday (Aug. 29) through Saturday (Aug. 31). “Robert glowed about the visit. He said he had a blast. It doesn’t hurt that he has a great relationship with [UVa red-shirt sophomore safety Anthony] Harris, who had a great game on Saturday.”

Detailing what Virginia did to impress the 6’3″, 175-pound prospect, Coach Marable said: “Robert related well to Devon Hall and Justin Anderson . Anderson was kind of his guy as far as showing him around. Coach Bennett, by being a former pro, showed him how he would fit into the offense and what they do. Coach Bennett did a good job of dispelling myths that they are a slowdown offense. That was big, I think. And also, Robert raved about Strength and Conditioning coach Mike Curtis. He was really impressed by him.”

The weekend before last, Johnson toured Indiana University, which was perceived as the frontrunner prior heading into that trip. Today through Sunday, the 4-star athlete with a silky smooth shooting stroke will be at UNC on an official. No question, the competition is tough for the Hoos.

Still, “I think they are a player,” Marable said of the Cavaliers.

Johnson helped the Cadets to a VIS Division-1