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.