Arlington, Texas -- Tears were flowing inside KU's locker room on Friday night, but they weren't tears of joy. Leading by 10 points with 2:52 remaining in the second half, the Jayhawks had all but stamped their ticket to the Elite Eight. However, several minutes later, Michigan tied the game, and...[details]
Personal: Full name is Elijah K. Johnson... Born in Gary, Ind... Major is undecided... Father is Marcus Johnson... Has a younger brother... Uncle, Pierre, played professional baseball, including a stint with the Philadelphia Phillies.
High School: Guided Cheyenne High School to a 21-3 record in 2008-09 averaging 15.9 points, 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds as a senior... A first team all-state, all-city and all-region selection his sophomore, junior and senior seasons... As a junior, averaged 15.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 8.9 assists in guiding Cheyenne High to the Nevada state championship game where it fell to Reno... Scored 26 points in the first quarter of his first game his junior season... Coached by Teral Fair and Bruce Gator while at Cheyenne... Rated the No. 24 recruit in Rivals.com's final ratings... Rated the fifth-best point guard by Rivals.com... Signed an NLI with Kansas in November 2008.
Freshman Season (2009-10): Appeared in 23 games with two starts... Averaged 6.6 minutes, 2.4 points and 1.3 assists his first season... Shot 55.3 percent from the field going 21-for-38 for the season... Had seven games with 10-plus minutes... Pulled down three or more rebounds in three contests and averaged 1.0 rpg... Had six games where he shot 66.7 percent or better... In his first start, scored a season-high 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting against Radford (12/9)... Also started the game following Radford against LaSalle (12/12)... Set the KU season high for assists with nine versus Alcorn State (12/2)... Went 4-for-5 with eight points and four rebounds in the season opener against Hofstra (11/13).
Sophomore Season (2010-11): Played in 36 of 38 games, earning six starts... Averaged 13.7 minutes, 3.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game for the Jayhawks... Scored a career-high 15 points in a 30 minute outing against Oklahoma State (2/21), hitting 4-of-4 from three-point range... Shot 50 percent or better from the field in 15 games... Recorded three or more assists in eight games... Dished out a season-high seven assists in just his second game of the season against Texas A&M CC (11/23).
Junior Season (2011-12): Started in 38 of 39 games... Averaged 32.2 minutes, 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the Jayhawks... Ranked second on the team in assists and third in scoring... His 3.5 assists per game ranked ninth in the Big 12... He scored a career-high 26 points in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship versus Texas A&M (3/8)... Recorded his first career double-double in the Final Four versus Ohio State (3/31) with 13 points and 10 rebounds... Scored in double-figures on 20 different occasions in 2011-12... Dished out three or more assists 25 times during the season... Recorded a season-high eight assists on two different occasions with the most recent coming against Missouri (2/4)... Led the team with 55 steals on the season, which ranked fifth in the Big 12... Johnson also led the team in three pointers made (69) and attempted (204)... He saved his best performances for the end of the season as he scored in double-figures in the final eight games of the season... Played 36 minutes in the National Championship versus Kentucky and finished with 13 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Overview: An explosive guard who can play either one or two guard spots... Was an important contributor for the Jayhawks his sophomore season playing in 36 games and starting six... Can get to the basket, yet has solid range from beyond the arc... Has an above average vertical leap, making him one of few guards that can finish plays above the rim.