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Xavier Johnson granted hardship waiver, set to return to Indiana men’s basketball


Indiana men’s basketball guard Xavier Johnson has been granted an extra year of eligibility and will return to play for the Hoosiers in 2023-24.

Johnson was granted a medical hardship waiver for the 2022-23 season by the NCAA on Wednesday, according to IU Athletics, after suffering a foot injury against the University of Kansas on Dec. 7, 2022, which ended his season.

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In 11 games before the injury, Johnson averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 assists. He was honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2021-22 after averaging 12.1 points and 5.1 assists.

“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,” head coach Mike Woodson said in a release. “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.”

Johnson’s return provides an instant boost to Indiana’s roster for next season. The Hoosiers already lost a starting guard in freshman Jalen Hood-Schifino, who declared for the NBA Draft. Johnson, who will return for his sixth season and third at Indiana, will be a veteran leader to run the offense.

Follow reporters Evan Gerike (@EvanGerike) and Emma Pawlitz (@emmapawlitz), columnist Bradley Hohulin (@BradleyHohulin) and photographer Alex Paul (@alexpaulphoto) for updates throughout the Indiana men’s basketball season. 
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