canada africa partner reservation Elijah Johnson’s 39-point explosion against Iowa State

Elijah Johnson’s 39-point explosion against Iowa State


When you think of University of Kansas men’s basketball and its insanely long and successful history, a lot of different names come to mind when you think of the highest-scoring Jayhawks of all time. Nostalgic and legendary names such as Danny Manning, Wilt Chamberlain and Clyde Lovellette appear naturally. Then you have the modern top scorers who can play any game, like Andrew Wiggins, Ochai Agbaji and Jalen Wilson. These six players are responsible for seven of the eight best single-game scoring results in KU history. The former Jayhawk with the fourth-best single-game score in KU history may come as a big surprise, but… it’s Elijah Johnson.

Johnson played four years in Lawrence from 2009 to 2013, averaging 7.0 PPG and 3.0 APG in 135 games with the Crimson and Blue. His highest scoring season came during his junior year, where he averaged a respectable 10.2 PPG. Then he saw his scoring take a slight dip for his senior season, to an average of just 9.9 PPG.

However, for one night in 2013, Johnson helped Bill Self secure his 500th career victory when he exploded for 39 points against Iowa State. Not only were all of his buckets crucial to the comeback victory in overtime, but his performance remains one of the most game-changing five-minute performances in KU history.