Florida star Keyontae Johnson collapsed Saturday morning in the first half of the Gators’ game against No. 20 Florida State and is in critical but stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial, a Florida spokesman said. His collapse came after a timeout, and he was taken off the court in a stretcher.
Just prior to the timeout, Johnson had finished an alley-oop with force that gave the Gators an 11-3 advantage. It remains unclear what caused him to collapse.
The game continued as planned despite Florida players in clear distress over the status of their star teammate. The Seminoles went on to win 83-71.
Florida coach Mike White opted not to address the media in his normal postgame press conference, and instead of returning to Gainesville with the team, he stayed in Tallahassee to be with Johnson, who Florida says will stay overnight in the hospital. White tweeted the following message after the game “Please keep praying for @Keyontae and his family. We all love him.”
Players, teams and coaches from across the country all offered Johnson their support, ranging from Auburn’s Bruce Pearl and Texas Tech’s Chris Beard to UCLA’s Shareef O’Neal and Florida State’s own account.
🙏 for Keyontae pic.twitter.com/2q4IcN5rDw
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) December 12, 2020
Everyone please pray for Florida’s Keyontae Johnson, one of the best young men and families I’ve ever recruited. Please pray. @Keyontae pic.twitter.com/IJG7dIEIJZ
— Chris Beard (@CoachBeardTTU) December 12, 2020
Final 𝗙𝗦𝗨 83 𝗨𝗙 71
🙏Praying for Keyontae 🙏
— Florida State Men’s Basketball (@FSUHoops) December 12, 2020
Johnson was named SEC Preseason Player of the Year after opting to put the NBA on hold in a bid for a big junior season at Florida. He averaged 14.0 points and 7.1 boards per game last season and through three games this season ranks fourth among all SEC players in points per game at 19.7.
SOURCE: CBS Sports – Kyle Boone