Gators’ Keyontae Johnson FaceTimed; speaking with teammates, doctors from hospital

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Florida Gators had to a scary incident in their game on Saturday. Several days later, the program is getting some good news.

Gators star Keyontae Johnson is now talking to his family and his doctors. He was in critical but stable condition following his collapse on Saturday against the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee, Florida.

Florida Gators star Keyontae Johnson dunks against the Stetson Hatters
Keyontae Johnson dunks against the Stetson Hatters (Photo by Florida Gators men’s basketball/Instagram)

“Keyontae is in stable condition today, breathing on his own and speaking with us and with his doctors here at UF Health. He even FaceTimed the team! We feel so much love and support from everyone, and we’re beyond grateful for the care and attention that Keyontae has received throughout these past several days,” Nika and Marrecus Johnson said in a statement that was released through the school.

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“We will continue to share updates about Keyontae’s health and progress. We have seen how much people love and care for him. We hope people recognize that information that doesn’t come from us or the athletic department may not be accurate.

“We are working closely with Keyontae’s doctors and the UAA to provide information to everyone who cares so deeply about Keyontae and has been praying for him.”

Following a timeout early in their game with the Seminoles, Johnson was walking back onto the court following a timeout when he collapsed. When he fell to the ground, he fell face-first onto the ground.

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While the ESPN cameras did not show the incident on TV, both teams were seen to be emotional after Johnson fell to the ground.

Johnson initially received medical treatment at Tallahassee Memorial, before being transported to UF Hospital. He is still critical but stable condition on Tuesday.

He was considered a first-round draft pick for the 2021 NBA Draft. This condition may impact his draft stock.

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