Former Gators basketball star Keyontae Johnson announces he's transferring to Kansas State

Kevin Brockway
Gator Sports
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Former Florida wing player Keyontae Johnson will resume his college basketball career at Kansas State.

Johnson announced his decision to join Kansas State as a graduate transfer on Saturday afternoon in an Instagram post.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Johnson was the preseason SEC player of the year in 2020-21 after a breakout sophomore season in which he averaged 14.0 points and 7.1 rebounds.

But, except for a brief ceremonial start against Kentucky last Senior Day, Johnson hasn’t appeared in a game since collapsing on the court on Dec. 12, 2020, against Florida State reportedly due to heart inflammation. Johnson was hospitalized 10 days following the incident before being released.

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Gators forward Keyontae Johnson (11) is congratulated by guard Tyree Appleby (22) as he recognized before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats on Senior Day.

Keyontae Johnson entered transfer portal after graduation

Johnson then served as a de-facto coach for the Gators for the next year and a half in hopes of being medically cleared. He wasn’t expected to be cleared to play under new UF head coach Todd Golden.

After graduating from UF in May, Johnson entered the transfer portal, declaring himself medically cleared to play. He chose Kansas State over offers from Memphis, Nebraska and Western Kentucky.

Johnson could have cashed in on a $5 million insurance policy if he chose not to play again, per a report from the Associated Press. The NCAA provides an exceptional disability insurance program for college basketball players projected in the first round of the NBA or WNBA drafts. Johnson would have qualified for the policy.

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