Former Florida men’s basketball player Keyontae Johnson transfers to Kansas State

Florida transfer Keyontae Johnson, who has not played since collapsing during a game in December 2020, signed with Kansas State on Saturday.

Johnson selected the Wildcats over fellow finalists Nebraska, Western Kentucky and Memphis. He visited the state of Kansas in July and Nebraska earlier this week.

He was reportedly medically cleared to play, which wasn’t the case in Florida last season. As a graduate transfer, Johnson is entitled to a year, although he could technically run for a medical redshirt after missing most of the past two seasons.

“We are very excited to welcome Keyontae and his family to K-State,” Kansas State Coach Jerome Tang said in a statement. “He’s a gifted player and a winner who brings considerable experience to our team after playing in one of the toughest leagues in the country in Florida.”

As the 2020 Preseason SEC Player of the Year, Johnson averaged 14.0 points and 7.1 rebounds in his last full season, earning first-team All-SEC honors. He averaged 16.0 points in the first four games of the 2020-21 season before collapsing and falling face first to the ground during a game against Florida State.

Johnson was taken to a Tallahassee hospital where he was stabilized before being rushed to a Gainesville hospital. He was released on December 22, ten days after the collapse.

Johnson was not cleared to play or practice in Florida after the incident, despite starting for Florida on Senior Day last season. The opening tip was given to Johnson, who called a timeout and knelt to kiss the floor. He was then substituted from the game.

The Associated Press reported last November that Johnson has a $5 million insurance policy. Johnson is believed to be able to play a few games before his insurance policy expires.

Johnson will get a chance to face his former team next season when Kansas State hosts the Gators in the annual SEC Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 28.

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/34430743/former-florida-gator-keyontae-johnson-transfers-kansas-state Former Florida men’s basketball player Keyontae Johnson transfers to Kansas State

Emma Bowman

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