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IU basketball: Point guard Xavier Johnson’s medical hardship waiver was approved

IU point guard Xavier Johnson can play a sixth season of college basketball.

Johnson announced a couple months ago he was seeking a medical hardship waiver to obtain an additional season of eligibility after a suffering season-ending broken foot at Kansas in December.

That waiver has been approved.

“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.”

Johnson averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 assists for Indiana this season before the injury.  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.

Last year, 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.

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