Last week it appeared once Robert Johnson announced that he was going to announce his commitment this coming Friday night, all the odds seemed to lean towards North Carolina being the favorite. A week later? I could possibly be eating my own words as some people are saying Johnson could actually be leaning towards the Virginia Cavaliers.
Virginia showed up last season a surprise in the ACC and made many of the ACC powerhouses struggle. Now they’re making their mark potentially in recruiting within the ACC too by upsetting big recruiting houses like North Carolina and even the Big Ten’s Indiana.
With all of the odds in favor of Robert Johnson going to North Carolina, but after an article on Daily Progress by Whitey Reid, many opinions of analysts and fans alike are changing. Of course Virginia fans are calling out UNC fans saying they’re too confident and they too are feeling rather confident about their chances of seeing Johnson on their campus.
“He’s a different kid. He hasn’t been wowed by the UNC, Indiana [reputations]. He takes each school [differently]. He takes what each school has to offer to heart. Whereas most kids in Virginia would jump if UNC offered, he kind of looked at the roster and all those things. He’s kind of looking at strength coaches and what UVa has in Mike Curtis there.”
Johnson is a native of Virginia and there is no doubt that Tony Bennett would love to add him to his roster. It would add more depth and talent to Virginia, a school that has struggled in many recent years to make a name for themselves as ACC winners.
Friday night will be interesting as we all learn where Johnson will play college basketball, and until then the anticipation between fans and the four schools will be running high!