UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect Johnson’s comment.
Robert Johnson is expected to return to Indiana for his senior season, but the Hoosier guard says he hasn’t made a final decision.
Johnson tweeted Tuesday that he has not yet removed his name from the NBA Draft pool, responding to a report by Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports that indicated he had ended his flirtations with professional basketball.
“Still within the draft process,” Johnson tweeted. “Haven’t made a decision yet.”
The deadline for Johnson to make an official decision is May 24.
Many do expect Johnson to return to school. Should he do so, he would be Indiana’s leading returning scorer after the early departure of backcourt mate James Blackmon Jr.
Johnson averaged 12.8 points per game as a junior, and is 22 points shy of 1,000 for his career. The 6-foot-3 guard struggled at times during the 2016-17 season, pushing through a month-long slump in February that saw him average 9.8 points per contest.
With Blackmon gone, Johnson would take on an even larger role in IU’s offense next season.
“Rob also shot the ball particularly well this spring, and he’s in tremendous shape,” IU coach Archie Miller said this spring. “(He has a ) great character level.”
Johnson, along with Blackmon and forwards Thomas Bryant and OG Anunoby, officially declared for early entry to the NBA Draft on April 11. In addition to Blackmon, Bryant and Anunoby have also hired agents and will not return to Indiana.
Johnson’s return would place IU at the NCAA limit of 13 scholarships for next season. He would lead a Hoosier backcourt that also returns Josh Newkirk, Devonte Green and Curtis Jones. Indiana will also welcome signee Al Durham to its backcourt this summer.