Keyontae Johnson to join Kansas St. basketball team as graduate transfer

Former Florida winger Keyontae Johnson will resume his college basketball career at Kansas State.

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

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

But, save for a brief ceremonial start against Kentucky on the final senior day, Johnson hasn’t appeared in a game since collapsing on the court on Dec. 12, 2020, against Florida State. apparently due to heart inflammation. Johnson was hospitalized 10 days after the incident before being released.

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Johnson then served as the de facto coach of the Gators for a year and a half in hopes of being medically cleared. It was not expected that he would be allowed to play under new UF head coach Todd Golden.

After graduating from UF in May, Johnson entered the transfer portal, declaring himself medically clear 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 had he chosen not to play again, according to a report by The Associated Press. The NCAA offers an exceptional disability insurance program for college basketball players who are projected to the first round of the NBA or WNBA drafts. Johnson would have qualified for politics.

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