Ex-Florida star Keyontae Johnson picks Kansas State | National


Former Florida star Keyontae Johnson announced on Saturday that he has committed to play at Kansas State.

Johnson made the announcement on his Instagram account.

Johnson chose the Wildcats over Nebraska, Western Kentucky and Memphis.

Johnson hasn’t played since collapsing and falling face down in a game against host Florida State on Dec. 12, 2020.

He was hospitalized for 10 days and reportedly diagnosed with heart inflammation. The family later said the issue was unrelated to COVID-19.

Prior to the incident, Johnson was a stellar player for the Gators. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2019-20 when he averaged 14 points and 7.1 rebounds in 31 games as a sophomore.

He was the SEC Preseason Player of the Year the following season and averaged 16 points and 4.5 rebounds in four games before his season ended due to the on-court slump.

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On March 5 of last season, he had a memorial departure on Florida Senior Day. Kentucky and Florida took part in a whistleblower ceremony, with the Gators handing the ball to Johnson.

After a few dribbles, Johnson handed the ball to the officials, hugged the 10 players from both teams on the pitch, leaned down to kiss the pitch before walking off the pitch to a standing ovation before the official announcement of the match.

Johnson entered the transfer portal after the season.

Notably, Johnson will see his old program on Jan. 28 when Kansas State hosts the Gators in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

The Wildcats have a freshman coach in Jerome Tang. They went 14-17 last season in Bruce Weber’s 10th and final season as head coach.

–Field-Level Media


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