And the wait continues.

University of Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle explained again on Wednesday that nothing has changed regarding the status of Xavier Johnson, who still is trying to decide whether he will attempt a comeback from a torn Achilles tendon suffered last summer or take a medical redshirt for the 2015-16 season.

"We're getting closer. We're moving forward but no decisions definitively yet," Boyle said. "We're going to visit with his folks over the next day or two and we're getting closer, I think, to a decision."

Several deadlines, albeit unofficial ones, have passed with Johnson's status remaining in limbo. At the outset of the season Boyle indicated a best-case scenario would have had the senior forward returning in time to join the rotation for Pac-12 Conference play, which began last weekend.

Later, Boyle said he hoped to have a game plan in place before CU's pre-holiday trip to Las Vegas, and then indicated he would meet with Johnson when the team began league play last weekend in northern California.

Those trips passed with no changes to Johnson's uncertain situation. And given that Johnson has not yet returned to full team drills at practice, any announcement of a pending comeback probably would not include an immediate return to CU's rotation.

On Wednesday, Boyle denied there is any blossoming disconnect among himself, Johnson and his family, and medical personnel, but that the emotional aspects and future ramifications of the decision are weighing on Johnson.


"This is a big decision for him. This is a big decision for his future," Boyle said. "He's weighing a lot of different things. So it's not just a cut-and-dry, simple (decision) as it looks from the outside.

"I want the decision to be his. If I say, 'X, I want you to come back next year, redshirt this year,' I want him to be bought into that. It's kind of like the redshirting of George King. 'George, you're not going to play, I want you to redshirt.' I could do it that way. But then he's not bought in. He's not going to use the year to get better. This decision is a little bit the same way. I want XJ to feel like, 'Hey, this is what's best for me.'

"What's hard for him, emotionally, is it's his senior year he was getting ready for. The rug kind of got pulled out from under him. He came in as a freshman with Josh Scott and these guys. He wants this to be his senior year, but the reality is — and I think he's getting closer to that reality — is that it would be a severely muted senior year. But he's got to come to those terms on his own."

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