“Xavier will be an important addition to our team and should have an immediate impact,” Woodson said. “He is a high-intensity player who brings tremendous energy on both ends of the floor. He has a presence about himself that translates into his ability to provide leadership in a key role. “He especially flourishes in transition, where he can create for himself and his teammates.”
IU officially welcomes Pitt transfer Xavier Johnson The addition of Johnson — once a Nebraska commit recruited by now-IU assistant Kenya Hunter — helps ease the departure of sophomore guard Armaan Franklin, who will transfer to Virginia.
“I was hoping no one left, you know? Armaan Franklin made the decision he wanted to leave,” Woodson said recently. “So we just gotta push on. We’re heavy in the portal. We were able to plug in Xavier Johnson from Pitt, which I think is an excellent pickup for our ball club. We’re still in the portal trying to make things happen for our team. It’s ongoing work.” “We got some holes to plug,” Woodson said. “The pickup of Xavier Johnson was huge because we needed some point guard play. Losing Franklin, I’m going to have to look in that area in terms of a scoring two and maybe some help at the three, four spots. Mainly three, because I like (Race) Thompson in the four-spot where he is. We’ve got big fella (Trayce Jackson-Davis) in the hole.
Woodson has two open scholarships in which to work, which doesn’t include senior center Joey Brunk, who is eligible to return in ’21-22 but will not count toward IU’s roster limit. Because Johnson can play point guard, Woodson wouldn’t mind adding another player off the ball. Franklin was the Hoosiers’ most consistent scoring guard in 2020-21, averaging 11.4 points per game and hitting 42.9% of his 3-pointers. Johnson, who is a career 33.6% shooter from deep, is a different player, but his attacking style should add an edge to the Hoosiers’ backcourt.
“We gotta start plugging in some pieces we’re a little weak at, that’s the two, three spots.” “Everybody talks they want to play uptempo, I’m that way, too,” Woodson said. “I want to bring an NBA-style game somewhat to our ball club, depending on how fast they can pick things up. I don’t know a lot of things until I assemble a team and start working with them.
Source www.hoosiersportsreport.com Woodson has talked about playing a more open offensive style, which can fit a driver and distributor like Johnson. Rob Phinisee, a junior, and Khristian Lander, a freshman, also return at the point guard spot.
Woodson has talked about playing a more open offensive style, which can fit a driver and distributor like Johnson. Rob Phinisee, a junior, and Khristian Lander, a freshman, also return at the point guard spot.
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