October 18, 2008

Jayhawks land big-time guard

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It didn't take long for Elijah Johnson to make a decision about his future. While on his official visit to Kansas, the 6-foot-2, 183-pound point guard from Cheyenne High School in Las Vegas, Nev., offered up a verbal commitment to Bill Self and Kansas. Jayhawk Slant has the details inside.

"Elijah, I, his mother and aunt, we all came down and talked," said Marcus Johnson, the father of Elijah Johnson. "He has always wanted to come to Kansas. After talking, we thought it is a great idea. He's been doing a lot of research on a lot of different schools for a long time.

"He's been researching schools about what they have," he added. "We've been high on Kansas for a while. He's taken an interest in them. Elijah has been interested in them since the third grade. I think it's a two way road. They like us as much as we like them."

Johnson, the No. 27 ranked player in the class of 2009, has always been extremely high on Self and the Jayhawks. In fact, the four-star point guard made several trips to Lawrence this past summer.

Despite his high interest in Kansas, Johnson, the No. 5 ranked point guard in the class, there was some thought that official visits to Oklahoma and Texas would take place.

However, that is no longer the case.

"It (committing to Kansas) was the best choice for me," said Elijah Johnson. "It's the best place to be and I am very excited. I decided today after talking to my family. I am very happy."

Johnson can now focus all of his attention on his senior season at Cheyenne High School. After losing in the state championship game last year, the expectations, for Johnson and his teammates, will be extremely high.

"I've asked a lot of Elijah," said Terel Fair, the head coach at Cheyenne. "I've challenged him and told him he needs to be the best player that he possibly can be every time he takes the court. The effort needs to be there and the consistency needs to be there.

"I also told Elijah that he needs to be a leader on this team," he added. "He showed signs of being more of a vocal leader this year, and that's a role he will need to embrace this year. We advanced to the state championship game last year, but we lost. If we are going to get back and win the championship this year, we will need Elijah to be at his best."



 

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