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


Florida transfer Keyontae Johnson, who hasn’t played since collapsing in a game in December 2020, signed with Kansas State on Saturday.

Johnson chose the Wildcats over other finalists from Nebraska, Western Kentucky and Memphis. He visited Kansas State in July and also visited Nebraska earlier this week.

He would have been medically cleared to play, which didn’t happen last season in Florida. As a graduate transfer, Johnson will have one year of eligibility, although he could technically appeal for a medical redshirt after missing most of the past two seasons.

“We are so thrilled 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 significant experience to our team after playing in one of the toughest leagues in the country while in Florida.”

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

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

Johnson was not allowed to play or train in Florida after the incident, although he started for Florida on Senior Day last season. The opening warning was passed on to Johnson, who called time out and knelt down to kiss the floor. He was later removed from the game.

The Associated Press reported last November that Johnson had a $5 million insurance policy. Johnson is believed to be able to play a few games before giving up on the insurance policy.

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


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