BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – News released from the IU Basketball team today, confirms that that Xavier Johnson is eligible to return for another year for the Hoosiers. This is great news for an Indiana roster depleted of leadership after Jackson-Davis left for the pros, and several other players transfering out. Johnson will be the team’s only listed senior in the upcoming 2023/24 season.
Here is the press release from IU Basketball Media.
Xavier Johnson has been granted an extra year of eligibility after the NCAA approved a medical hardship waiver for the 2022-23 season.
He suffered a broken foot against Kansas on Dec. 17 and later had surgery. He started 11 games and averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 assists. He had a season-high 23 points in a win at Xavier, including seven rebounds, had 20 points and eight rebounds against North Carolina, and added 11 points and 11 assists against Arizona.
“We are very happy for Xavier and his family and can’t wait to have him be a key member of our program, next season,” said IU Coach Mike Woodson. “I know this year was challenging for him, but he brought a positive attitude every day and I believe he will bring a great deal to our team next season because of the adversity he has faced.”
In 2021-22, he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after averaging 12.1 points and finishing third in the Big Ten in assists at 5.1 per game.