Robert Johnson has been a key contributor to the Indiana basketball program since the day he stepped on campus back in 2014. The senior guard has been a starter for 105 of the 116 games he has been healthy enough to play in since joining the team for the 2014-15 season. That kind of involvement from day one is just the kind of resume that can result in multiple appearances on the all-time statistical lists.
Johnson reached his first major statistical milestone when he passed 1,000 points in the Seton Hall game earlier this season. He is now in 34th place on the IU all-time scoring list with 1,223 points. James Blackmon, Jr. is 33rd with 1,235 points. With at least 13 games to go, the senior guard will continue to move his way up several of IU’s all-time statistical lists. Based on his averages this season, we’ve projected (assuming the minimum of one postseason game) where he might end up in several statistical categories, and what company he would be keeping on those lists:
Current: 1,223 points (34th)
Projected: 1,400 (23rd)
Between: Jimmy Rayl and Andrae Patterson
All-time leader: Calbert Cheaney, 2,613
If Indiana is able to play in a couple more postseason games, Johnson might be able to crack the top 20. Ray Tolbert is currently 20th all-time with 1,427 points, and Kirk Haston is 21st with 1,406.
Projected: 341 (15th)
Between: Chris Reynolds/Isiah Thomas and Butch Carter
All-time leader: Yogi Ferrell, 633
3-Point Field Goals Made
Current: 205 (tied – 4th)
Projected: 228 (4th)
Between: Jordan Hulls and James Blackmon, Jr.
All-time leader: A.J. Guyton, 283
3-Point Field Goals Attempted
Projected: 609 (3rd)
Between: Yogi Ferrell and Jordan Hulls
All-time leader: A.J. Guyton, 684
Depending on the number of postseason games the Hoosiers play in, Johnson could also crack the top 10 all-time games played list. If Indiana only plays one postseason game he would end up with 129 games played, just short of Will Sheehey and Tom Pritchard who are tied for 10th at 130. Yogi Ferrell is the all-time leader at 137.
Johnson will end up with 118 career starts assuming he starts the remaining games and Indiana only plays in one postseason contest. Further postseason action will inch him closer to Jordan Hulls at 121 and A.J. Guyton at 122. Again, Ferrell is the all-time leader with 137.
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