Florida forward Keyontae Johnson in critical but stable condition after collapsing during game at FSU
Florida forward Keyontae Johnson is in critical but stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after collapsing in the first half of Saturday's men's basketball game at Florida State, according to a statement from Florida.
Johnson, the SEC’s preseason player of the year, was moved to a stretcher and carried off the court shortly after collapsing.
After Johnson’s alley-oop finish put the Gators up 11-3, he collapsed at midcourt as the Gators were coming out of a timeout. Radio play-by-play announcer Mick Hubert said Johnson was standing and suddenly fell forward onto his face.
Florida players appeared visibly distraught as the game resumed.
Johnson, a 6-foot-5 junior from Norfolk, Virginia, averaged a team-high 14 points last season to go along with 7.1 rebounds. He also led the Gators with 38 steals.
Florida coach Mike White is staying overnight in the hospital with Johnson while the team returns to Gainesville.
"Please keep praying for @Keyontae and his family. We all love him," White wrote on his Twitter account.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton described the decision to resume the game.
“I told our staff I was going to let them make that decision. It was totally up to them and whatever they thought was in the best interest of their team, then I would accept it and act accordingly,” Hamilton said. “Our administration asked me, I just told them I would be OK with whatever they decided, and it’s my understanding that they wanted to play.”