Colorado coach doesn’t rule out December return for Xavier Johnson

Xavier Johnson (USATSI)
Xavier Johnson could return to Colorado as soon as December. (USATSI)

Colorado’s Xavier Johnson will have his status for the upcoming season decided in December and has not been ruled out for a return by the time the Buffaloes begin Pac-12 play, Tad Boyle told CBS Sports on Monday.

The 6-foot-7 forward underwent surgery in June after tearing his left Achilles tendon during an off-season workout.

“Nothing is definite,” Boyle said on Monday regarding Johnson, who averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds last season. “We will address it in mid-December and see where he is. My guess is redshirt, but I’m not ruling out a Pac-12 season return either. We’re preparing for either scenario.”

Boyle said if Johnson isn’t back to anchor the small forward spot he’ll likely turn to George King, a 6-6 wing who redshirted last season.

Colorado finished 15-17 last year and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four seasons.

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