The topic of Keyontae Johnson is understandably the one that many Gator fans are the most focused on right now, and thankfully, that topic has just been given another encouraging update.
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement released by the basketball program’s official twitter account that “Keyontae Johnson continues to show truly encouraging signs as he undergoes tests and further evaluation at UF Health.”
Stricklin went on to mention that the current time has, as one would expect, been emotionally exhausting for Johnson’s family and the Florida basketball team. As a result, Florida’s next three games (Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M and James Madison) have been postponed in order for the team to collectively recover from the traumatizing ordeal and focus on the health of their teammate. Which, not to be the bad guy here, but probably should have been what Florida did the nanosecond that Johnson collapsed against FSU.
Johnson appeared to be just fine coming out of a huddle early in the Gators’ rivalry game against the Noles when he suddenly fell to the floor and laid there lifelessly. He was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma before being transferred to UF Health in Gainesville, waking up and beginning to recover. Since waking up, he has been FaceTiming with teammates, and having full conversations with visitors.
However, as was the case each of the last few times I wrote about this, Keyontae Johnson is still not out of the woods yet by any means, as he is still undergoing further tests and evaluations. Your continued best wishes for Johnson and his family would mean a great deal to them as they continue to try to brave this hellacious storm that fate has thrown their way.
Gator Nation loves you, Keyontae.