IU basketball: Former Hoosier guard Robert Johnson signs new deal in Russia

Former Indiana guard Robert Johnson inked a two-year deal to return to Parma Basket in Russia.

Last season, Johnson made his debut in the VTB United League Championship where he scored 6.2 points and added 1.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

Johnson signed with a professional team in Poland in 2019 before exercising a buyout in his contract to make the move to Russia.

The 6-foot-4 Johnson headed overseas after playing in 47 games for the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G-League during the 2018-19 season.  There he averaged 7.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 20.5 minutes per game.

Johnson released a statement through the Parma club on his new deal:

“I am very glad that I will join Parma again. We had a good last season and progressed as a team. This year we will have a chance to develop further. I signed a new contract with the club because I am sure that this is the best opportunity for me to continue my further professional development. I liked playing in VTB United League, this is an excellent championship in which worthy teams are playing! I think that in the new season we will continue to continue to fight at a high level, regardless of who will be our opponent in the VTB United League and, possibly, in the FIBA ​​Euro Cup.”

Parma Basket is a professional basketball team that is based in Perm, Russia. It plays in the VTB United League, the highest level of basketball in Russia.

In his four years at Indiana, Johnson scored 1,413 points (11.0 ppg) and shot 38.9 percent from the 3-point line while also handing out 2.7 assists and grabbing 3.8 rebounds in 129 games.

He was also a key part of the Hoosiers’ 2016 Big Ten Championship team.

Johnson’s career point total places him 21st all-time at Indiana.  He shares the IU record for three-pointers made in a game with nine against Iowa in 2018.  He is fourth all-time on the career three-pointers made list.

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