Kansas guards Elijah Johnson and Ben McLemore are the recipients of the Big 12 player of the week and freshman of the week honors, the conference announced Monday morning.
Johnson averaged 25.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists in the Kansas wins over Iowa State (108-96 in overtime) and West Virginia (91-65). The senior guard began the week with a stellar effort in Ames, Iowa, finishing with a career-high 39 points, which was the most for a KU player since January 5, 1991.
Johnson scored eight points in the final 35.7 seconds to help tie the game, then contributed 12 points in the extra session. Johnson followed that with his second career double-double by posting 12 points and a career-high tying 10 assists versus WVU. He shot 56.7 percent in the two games, including 64.3 percent from three-point range, while making eight of eight from the free throw line.
McLemore averaged 21.5 points and 5.0 rebounds last week while shooting 66.7 percent from the field. His top performance came against the Mountaineers, as he finished with 36 points on 12-of-15 shooting, which included a 5-of-6 effort from 3-point range. The point total set a KU freshman record, as McLemore became just the fifth Big 12 freshman in league history to score 36 points or more in a game.
McLemore has three outings with 30 points or more this year, which all have come against Big 12 opponents. He has scored 20 points or more eight times in 2012-13.