The next chapter in the Keyontae Johnson saga appears to be set, with reports indicating the former Florida forward is taking his talents to the Kansas State Wildcats.
The former Southeastern Conference Career Preseason Player of the Year in Gainesville was cut short by a heart condition that led to an on-court collapse against the Florida State Seminoles in December 2020. After a A long streak away from the game as doctors in Florida assessed his condition – which still hasn’t been fully verified – medical staff simply couldn’t allow the young student-athlete to return to activity without the possibility of a relapse.
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Subsequently, Johnson sought second opinions from other schools with the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Western Kentucky Colonels in play with Kansas State, likely due to those programs’ confidence in a positive prognosis. for the state of the old Gator. It was reported that KSU medical staff cleared Johnson to play the upcoming season.
The 6-foot-5, 229-pound forward was considered a hot favorite for a first-round selection in the 2021 NBA draft before his traumatic event. He had averaged 14 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game in his sophomore 2019-20 campaign, while averaging 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1, 3 assists and an interception in his four games before his collapse.
Florida is scheduled to take on Kansas State for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in Manhattan, Kansas on January 28, 2023, with a start time and broadcast yet to be determined.
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