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#2 Xavier Johnson
Position: Forward
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 220
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Mater Dei HS
Experience: 1 Letter
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2012-2013 (freshman): Played all 33 games with 18 starts • Averaged 8.9 points, 4.8 rebounds per game • First on the team in field goal percentage (51.5) • Pair of double-doubles, both in Pac-12 Conference play: 10 points and 14 rebounds against Arizona State (Feb. 16) and an 18-point, 12-rebound performance in home win against California (Jan. 27) • In his 18 starts (team rank): 51.4 FG% (1st); 5.9 rpg. (2nd); 71 FG made (2nd) • 11.0 ppg. (t-3rd); 19 three-pointers (3rd); nine blocked shots (3rd) • 28.4 minutes per game (4th) • Led CU with career-high 22 points (7-of-7 FGs, 3-of-3 3FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) in home upset win over No. 19/25 Oregon (Mar. 7) • In 15 games off the bench (team rank): 51.5 FG% (2nd); 6.5 ppg. (5th); 3.5 rpg. (5th); six blocked shots (4th); six treys (4th); 18.7 minutes per game (6th) • 12 games with 10+ points • Six games over 15 points • Season-best 7 FGM vs. Oregon, California, Arizona - all CU wins • 4+ rebounds: 19 times; 6+ rebounds: 9 times; 10+ rebounds: 3 times • Four games with three or more three-pointers made (CU 3-1 in those games) • First collegiate start at Arizona (Jan. 3) with 13 points, six rebounds, two steals • Led team in rebounding, all home games (Oregon State, California, Wofford) • Reached the top-15 among CU freshman lists: No. 8 in rebounding (159); No. 13 in points (295); No. t-13 blocks (15) • Second CU player this season, and one of five nationally to have a perfect game from the field and score at least 22 points in a game (7-of-7 vs. Oregon, Mar. 7) • Voted the most improved player at the end-of-the-year banquet (voted by his teammates) • Became the 16th fastest CU player to reach 100 rebounds in the fewest games (24) • Was a key contributor helping the Buffaloes to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, a school-first in back-to-back years since 1961-62 & 1962-63 (50 years) • Teamed with Josh Scott (317 pts.) to form the second most freshman points scored in school history (612 pts.).

Pac-12 Conference (all games): One of two freshmen ranked in the top-13 in conference field goal percentage (No. 7 overall, 51.5), other was teammate Josh Scott.

Pac-12 Conference (conference-only): Ranked as the highest freshman in field goal percentage, ninth overall at 52.1 percent • One of two freshmen ranked in the top-15 in conference field goal percentage, the other was teammate Josh Scott.

Mater Dei HS: Averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per game as a senior helping Mater Dei to 34-2 record en route to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Division I title • Monarchs went 10-0 in league play winning the Trinity League title, then the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA championship • Finished the year as the top-ranked school in California, No. 2 ranking nationally • 2011-12 ESPN High School All-American honorable mention (April 2012) • Two-time CIF Player of the Year (junior & senior years) • Most Valuable Player honors with the Orange County Register County; Los Angeles Times All-Southland team; All-Southern Section Division 1AA; and Trinity League selection • Two-year letterwinner • Helped the Monarchs to a pair of state championships during his junior (32-3, No. 4 nationally, defeated De La Salle) and senior (34-2, No. 2 nationally, defeated Sheldon) years • Entering his junior year was ranked by Rivals.com as the nation’s 83rd best overall recruit and the 17th best small forward prospect from the Class of 2012; also a four-star recruit • Received an invitation to the prestigious Top 100 NBA Camp in June 2011 • Played in the Las Vegas adidas Super 64 tournament.

Academics: Open Option major in CU’s College of Arts and Sciences • Minor in African American Studies.

Personal: Born June 8, 1993 • Son of Samuel and Janet Johnson • Has an older sister, Alexis • His mother, Janet, runs Skillzports, a non-profit in the L.A. area that provides an after school opportunity for at-risk kids • Lists getting the number one highlight on ESPN while at Mater Dei as his biggest prep career moment • Joins former Mater Dei teammate Eli Stalzer on the Buff roster (the first CU student-athletes hailing from the same high school as incoming freshmen since 1980 (Jay Humphries and Vince Kelley); and first high school teammates on the CU roster since 2002-03 (Matt Greenwald and Blair Wilson, Westminster HS [Colo.]).

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