Florida star Keyontae Johnson stays hospitalized and is in essential however steady situation after collapsing on the courtroom Saturday within the first half of the Gators’ recreation in opposition to No. 20 Florida State. Johnson’s grandfather, Larry DeJarnett, advised USA Immediately that his grandson is in a medically induced coma which medical doctors are hoping to convey him out of on Monday afternoon. DeJarnett additionally stated Johnson was transported to a hospital in Gainesville, Florida, on Monday after receiving therapy in Tallahassee, the situation of Saturday’s recreation.
In a press release, Florida confirmed that Johnson was at UF Well being and that he “continues in essential however steady situation, is following easy instructions and present process additional checks.”
On Monday night, Florida canceled its Wednesday night time residence recreation scheduled to be performed in opposition to North Florida, sources advised CBS Sports activities’ Matt Norlander. The sport is not going to be made up this season. Florida’s subsequent scheduled recreation is Saturday at residence vs. Florida Atlantic. As of Monday night, that recreation stays on the schedule, with selections on whether or not or to not play it coming later this week.
Johnson’s collapse got here early within the first half of the sport popping out of a timeout. He was seen strolling to midcourt after which fainted, falling headfirst into the hardwood flooring. Simply previous to the timeout, he had completed an alley-oop with power that gave the Gators an 11-3 benefit. It stays unclear what brought on him to break down.
“We respect all of the medical personnel who’ve helped Keyontae,” stated Scott Stricklin, Florida’s athletic director. “Keyontae acquired terrific care on web site by the FSU employees and at Tallahassee Memorial, which has labored in session with UF Well being. We’re glad his dad and mom might be by his aspect, they usually really feel the help of Gator Nation.”
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 advised our employees I used to be going to allow them to make that call,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton stated after the sport in regards to the choice to name the sport or hold enjoying. “It was completely as much as them and no matter they thought was in the very best curiosity of their crew, then I’d settle for it and act accordingly. Our administration requested me, I simply advised them I’d be OK with no matter they determined. It is my understanding that they needed to play.”
Florida coach Mike White opted to not handle the media in his regular postgame press convention Saturday, and as an alternative of returning to Gainesville with the crew, he stayed in Tallahassee to be with Johnson within the hospital. White tweeted the next message after the sport “Please hold praying for @Keyontae and his household. All of us love him.”
Gamers, groups and coaches from throughout the nation all supplied 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 12 months 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 recreation final season and thru three video games this season ranks fourth amongst all SEC gamers in factors per recreation at 19.7.