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The Journal Gazette

Monday, May 22, 2017 11:00 pm

IU's Johnson staying in school

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

As expected, Robert Johnson will play his senior season at Indiana.

The 6-foot-3 swingman announced Monday night he will withdraw his name from the NBA draft and be part of the first roster for incoming Hoosiers coach Archie Miller.

"Year 4 comin' for it all," Johnson wrote. "Appreciate all the love, time to grind."

When Johnson declared for the draft last month, he did so without hiring an agent, allowing him to preserve his NCAA eligibility. Teammates Thomas Bryant, OG Anunoby and James Blackmon Jr. all hired agents, ending their careers at IU.

Johnson, however, had strongly signaled that he only declared for the draft in order to be able to speak with NBA teams. When IU announced April 11 that Johnson had declared, he stated he wanted to "use this as a learning experience."

Johnson has started 87 games in his three seasons in Bloomington and averaged a career-high 12.8 points per game as a junior. The Virginia native has shot 40 percent from 3-point range in his college career.