Kansas Men's Basketball Signs Standout Guard Elijah Johnson to a National Letter of Intent

Nov. 17, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self has added his second fall signee of 2008 with standout guard Elijah Johnson from Cheyenne High School in Las Vegas.

A first team all-state selection in 2007-08, Johnson (6-2, 183) 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. Johnson is rated at the 27th best player in the 2009 class by Rivals.com and the fifth best point guard.

“Right now, Elijah is not a true point guard,” Self said. “He is a scoring, fast, active guard. He can play point but he is more of a combo than a point. We think his potential is very high and he has a chance to be a terrific player. Athletically, he will have very few equals.”

Johnson currently plays for Teral Fair at Cheyenne High and played AAU basketball for Pump `N Run in Los Angeles this past summer and Houston Hoops previously.

“Elijah is outgoing. He likes Kansas,” Self said. “He’s been out here a couple of times. I think he’s one of those guys who has always pictured himself playing here.”

Johnson joins forward Thomas Robinson – a 6-8, 224-pound forward from Washington, D.C. Robinson signed with Kansas on Nov. 12. Both Robinson and Johnson will be freshmen in 2009-10.

Kansas Men’s Basketball 2008 Fall Signees

Elijah Johnson (G, 6-2, 183, Las Vegas, Nev. – Cheyenne HS)

Thomas Robinson (F, 6-8, 224, Washington, D.C. – Brewster [N.H.] Academy)