Former Florida guard Keyontae Johnson on Kansas State’s radar

Many college basketball fans may remember when Keyontae Johnson collapsed during a game against Florida State in December of 2020. Thankfully, the former four-star recruit was able to recover from the scare, but it was the last time he saw live action on the basketball court.

After it seemed as if he had permanently hung up his laces due to heart conditions, Johnson put his name in the transfer portal in early May.

Enter Kansas State, as the Wildcats welcomed the 6-foot-5 athlete for a visit this weekend, GoPowercat confirms. K-State, along with USC, appear to be the two schools emerging as leaders in Johnson’s recruitment.

While at Baylor, Jerome Tang coached two players (Jared Butler and King McClure) who also had heart conditions, which is an encouraging sign for the Wildcats.

Johnson’s numbers were impressive at Florida, as he averaged 16.0 points per game before his season-ending scare against the Seminoles. As a sophomore, which was his last full season, Johnson averaged a team-high 14.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 31.3 minutes per game for the Gators. His efforts earned him first-team coaches and second-team AP All-SEC honors. Johnson defined what it means to be a team player, as both made an honorary start on Senior Night, receiving the opening tip before exiting the court to a standing ovation.

Prior to his junior season, Johnson took out a $5 million insurance policy.

According to a report from the Associated Press, citing two people with knowledge of the situation, Johnson took out the policy that Florida paid the premiums in July 2020, well before the season began. That policy offered him financial protection against injury as a possible first-round NBA Draft pick heading into the season.

The Gators never cleared Johnson to return to the floor and he served a player-manager during continued testing to determine the cause of his collapse, which has yet to be revealed publicly. Johnson’s family has stated his collapse was not related to any COVID-19 diagnosis at the time of collapse or prior.

As a recruit out of high school, Johnson chose Florida over offers from Texas Tech, Kansas, UConn, Ohio State, Minnesota, among others.


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