Keyontae Johnson will not enter NBA draft, 'steadily making progress' on return to court

Graham Hall
UF basketball writer

Florida forward Keyontae Johnson will not enter the NBA draft as he attempts a return to the basketball court, Johnson announced Wednesday on his Twitter account.

Johnson, in his first public statement since a Feb. 16 interview with Florida Gators senior writer Chris Harry, thanked supporters for the messages he’s received since his Dec. 12, 2020, collapse at Florida State that ended his junior season at Florida. 

“Thank you for the prayers and concern that you all have shown to me during these trying few months,” Johnson’s post began. “It is extremely touching and very much appreciated to have the support of Gator Nation and the world standing by my side.”

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In regards to his current status, Johnson added he has yet to be medically cleared to return to on-court activities.

“I am progressing & steadily making progress daily in my health. I am patiently waiting on medical clearance,” Johnson continued. “While speaking with my family, doctors, coaches and athletic trainer I’ve decided not to enter my name in the 2021 NBA Draft.” 

Johnson confirms he’s still with the Florida program and intends on preparing for the upcoming 2021-22 season if he’s medically cleared to return. 

“I plan to keep working to prepare for the upcoming season,” he said. “My story continues to be written & driven by God! Go Gators! All love, Keyontae.” 

The Gators lost seven players in the wake of the second-round elimination in the NCAA Tournament before swiftly adding four transfers. UF also will add signee Kowacie Reeves Jr., ranked the No. 67 overall prospect by ESPN, in June, leaving the program with two additional scholarships if Johnson is not cleared to return.