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#2 Xavier Johnson
Position: Guard/Forward
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 220
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Mater Dei HS
Experience: 2 Letters
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Career: Enters his senior year No. 33 on the Colorado all-time scoring list with 990 points • Needs 10 points to become the 33rd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau • Also ranks No. 26 in rebounding (515), No. 26 in game starts (66) and enters the 2015-16 season just outside the Top 25 in career starts with 95 • Six double-doubles (CU is 5-1) • Three-year average is 10.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game • Eight 20-point scoring games (CU is 5-3) • Seven games over 10 or more rebounds (CU is 5-2) • Recorded 56 games with at least five or more rebounds, in addition to 53 double digit scoring games • When he scores 15+ points in a game, CU is 15-4 (.790) • Scores 11+ in a game, CU is 32-12 (.727) • Enters final collegiate season ranking third in school history in 3-point percentage of CU players standing 6’6’ or taller with .382 percentage (91-of-238).

2014-15 (junior): Played in 29 games with 15 starts • Averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game • One of four players to average over 24 minutes a game (24.3) • Scored 10 or more points 16 times; 5+ rebounds 21 times • One double-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds in home win over Stanford (Feb. 15) • Recorded a pair of 20-point games (Colorado State: Dec. 10; DePaul: Dec. 22) • Made the second most 3-pointers on the team (29) • His 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game  average, both ranked third overall, as well as his 299 points and 162 rebounds • Finished the Pac-12 Conference season No. 17 in rebounding (5.8 rpg.), No. 20th overall (5.6 rpg.) • Led team in rebounding six times, scoring five times, and steals four times.

2014-15 National: Helped CU rank No. 33 nationally as a team in rebounding margin (5.0), No. 42 in defensive rebounds (25.56 a game), No. 43 in total rebounds (37.32), and No. 45 overall in team total rebounds (1,269).

2014 (summer): Averaged 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game helping the Pac-12 Conference All-Stars to a 3-0 record against Chinese All-Star teams in Shanghai • In the opener, the Pac-12 defeated the Chinese University All-Stars, 73-47 with six points with four rebounds • Game two: the Pac-12 defeated Jiangsu, 85-63 scoring eight points with four boards, one steal, one assist • Game three: Pac-12 edged Shanghai, 71-68 tallied nine points and four rebounds • One of 13 student-athletes on a three-game Pac-12 all-star tour, part of its Globalization Initiative in August • The aim of the initiative is to help support Pac-12 member universities’ international outreach efforts, build their brands in an important market, and provide quality educational and cultural exchange experiences for student-athletes.

2013-14 (sophomore): Played and started in all 33 games, he played in • Averaged 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 30.1 minutes per game • Helped CU make the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season, a school-first • Tied for first in made 3-pointers (37) • Third in scoring (12 ppg.) and rebounding (5.9) • Also third overall in field goal percentage (min. 250 shots) at 46.4 percent • Recorded three double-doubles against Washington (Feb. 9); Utah (Feb. 1); Elon (Dec. 13) – all wins • Against the Huskies, scored a career-high 27 points with a personal-best 10 field goals made (14 attempts) • Tallied five 20 or more point games, including 24 points at Cal (Mar. 8) • Averaged 19 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games on the Bay Area trip • Scored 11 or more points in a game, the Buffaloes went 16-6 (.727) • Closed the last five games of season making a team-best 53.2 percent of his shots and leading team in scoring at 13.4 ppg. • Five times led CU in scoring; rebounding and steals six times; blocks four times; and in assists three times.

2013-14 National: Helped CU rank No. 16 nationally as a team in rebounding margin (5.9), No. 36 overall in team total rebounds (1,305), No. 43 in defensive rebounds (25.8 a game).

Pac-12 (all games): Ranked No. 18 in rebounding (5.9) and No. 25 in scoring (12.0 ppg.) • Helped CU finish the conference season (all games) second overall in the team standings in rebounding margin (5.9), rebounding defense (31.4), rebounding offense (37.3), offensive rebounds (11.5), offensive rebounding percentage (.340), and first in defensive rebounding percentage (.739).

Pac-12 (games only): Tied-No. 14 in offensive rebounding (2.0), No. 16 in rebounding (6.1 rpg.), tied-No. 17 in scoring (13.7 ppg. • Helped CU tally a first place finish in defensive rebounding (32.5); second place finishes in team offense rebounding (36.4), rebounding margin (+3.9), defensive rebounding percentage (.718) and offensive rebounding percentage (.330).

2012-13 (freshman): Played in 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 was 3-1) • First collegiate start at Arizona (Jan. 3) with 13 points, six rebounds, two steals • Led team in rebounding three times, 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, 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 (other was 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 register an incredible 66-5 record (.930) in two years • Two state championships during his junior (32-3, No. 4 nationally, defeated De La Salle) and senior years (34-2, No. 2 nationally, defeated Sheldon) • 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: College major is ethnic studies.

Personal: Born June 8, 1993 • Son of Samuel and Janet Johnson • Has an older sister, Alexis • His mother, 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 the first high school teammates on the CU roster since 2002-03 (Matt Greenwald and Blair Wilson, Westminster HS [Colo.]).

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