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Florida Gators’ Keyontae Johnson in critical but stable condition after medical episode

Keyontae Johnson, Florida Gators, NCAA college basketball

The Florida Gators took part in their college basketball rivalry against the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday, but the Gators would suffer an injury scare. After collapsing early in the first half, Keyontae Johnson is in critical but stable condition, per ESPN’s Myron Medcalf.

Early in the first half, Johnson would catch an alley-oop for the Gators, forcing Florida State to call a timeout. Amid the timeout, Johnson collapsed to the ground and the medical staff rushed to give him some attention. Johnson would need to be stretchered off of the floor and he was immediately rushed to the hospital.

In his first two seasons at Florida, Johnson averaged 10.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game in 67 games. Coming into Saturday’s game, Johnson was having the best year of his collegiate career in his junior season.

The 6-foot-5 forward had compiled 19.7 points, six rebounds, and 1.7 assists in Florida’s first three games this season. Not to mention, Johnson was the SEC’s Preseason Player of the Year, placing lofty expectations for him in 2020-21.

Mike White, the head coach at Florida, refrained from speaking to the media after the game in favor of visiting Johnson in the hospital. The Gators were understandably rattled after Johnson’s injury, losing the game 83-71 after holding an early 11-3 lead.

Over the summer, Johnson was among the players on Florida’s roster that tested positive for COVID-19. There’s a chance that Johnson’s medical incident on Saturday is connected to his previous bout with COVID-19.

Regardless of what caused it, we all wish the best for Johnson and his family, and we hope he can make a speedy recovery.