Florida star Keyontae Johnson collapsed Saturday morning within the first half of the Gators’ sport in opposition to No. 20 Florida State and was hospitalized in a single day. He’s in important however steady situation, based on Florida officers.
“We respect all of the medical personnel who’ve helped Keyontae,” stated Scott Stricklin, Florida’s athletic director. “Keyontae acquired terrific care on website by the FSU workers and at Tallahassee Memorial, which has labored in session with UF Well being. We’re glad his dad and mom may be by his facet, and so they really feel the help of Gator Nation.”
Johnson’s collapse got here after a timeout on Saturday simply minutes into the sport, and he was taken off the courtroom in a stretcher. Simply previous to the timeout, he had completed an alley-oop with drive that gave the Gators an 11-3 benefit. It stays unclear what precipitated him to break down.
The sport continued as deliberate regardless of Florida gamers in clear misery over the standing of their star teammate, and the Seminoles went on to win 83-71.
“I instructed our workers I used to be going to allow them to make that call,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton stated after the sport in regards to the resolution to name the sport or maintain enjoying. “It was completely as much as them and no matter they thought was in the most effective curiosity of their group, then I might settle for it and act accordingly. Our administration requested me, I simply instructed them I might be OK with no matter they determined. It is my understanding that they needed to play.”
Florida coach Mike White opted to not tackle the media in his regular postgame press convention Saturday, and as a substitute of returning to Gainesville with the group, he stayed in Tallahassee to be with Johnson within the hospital. White tweeted the next message after the sport “Please maintain praying for @Keyontae and his household. All of us love him.”
Gamers, groups and coaches from throughout the nation all provided Johnson their help, starting from Auburn’s Bruce Pearl and Texas Tech’s Chris Beard to UCLA’s Shareef O’Neal and Florida State’s personal account.
Johnson was named SEC Preseason Participant of the Yr after opting to place the NBA on maintain in a bid for a giant junior season at Florida. He averaged 14.0 factors and seven.1 boards per sport final season and thru three video games this season ranks fourth amongst all SEC gamers in factors per sport at 19.7.