OMAHA, NE - MARCH 16: Elijah Johnson #15 of the Kansas Jayhawks attempts a shot in the second half against the Detroit Titans during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 16, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
Johnson will be relied upon as the veteran leader in the backcourt to help bring it all together.
As SB Nation's Jonathan Tjarks breaks down the 2012-13 college basketball landscape, he's listed the 10 best players returning to college basketball next season. Each of these guys could have made the leap to the NBA and likely enjoyed some level of success, but college basketball will be all the better for their return to their respective teams. While Cody Zeller tops the list for Indiana, Kansas is going to enjoy the return of Elijah Johnson at No. 10.
"An athletic 6'4.195-pound junior point guard who has bided his team on some extremely talented Kansas teams, Johnson will have his chance to shine as a senior in Lawrence," writes Tjarks. "Playing alongside Tyshawn Taylor last year, he showed flashes of an excellent all-around game, averaging 10.2 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds on 43 percent shooting."
Johnson will enjoy a nice incoming class under Bill Self , and the talent is there to repeat the Big 12 Conference Championship even though it will be a lot of raw. Johnson will be relied upon as the veteran leader in the backcourt to help bring it all together.