Kansas State forward Keyontae Johnson (11) grabs a rebound behind Butler guard Eric Hunter Jr. (2) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. Butler defeated Kansas State 76-64. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Former Gator Keyontae Johnson Succeeding at Kansas State

Former Gators forward Keyontae Johnson is back on the floor after transferring from Florida in May. Let’s take a look at what he’s up to now in his basketball career.

Florida forward Keyontae Johnson (11) kisses the floor at midcourt after being introduced as a starter before an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky, Saturday, March 5, 2022, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

Johnson’s Career with UF

The stage was set. Coming into the 2021-2022 NCAA men’s basketball season, Johnson was the Preseason SEC Player of the Year. Fans were excited for their star player to take a huge leap from his previous season to the upcoming campaign. However, tragedy struck on Dec. 12, 2020, when Johnson collapsed in a game against Florida State. Johnson was immediately hospitalized and diagnosed with Acute Myocarditis, following the incident. Luckily, he was conscious of his surroundings after the incident.

Next Steps

Johnson was forced to sit the rest of the season and he would miss the 2021-2022 season. Heading into his final year of eligibility, Keyontae wanted one last chance to prove he can still compete at a high level. After being deemed ineligible by the Gators medical staff, he decided to enter the transfer portal in May. About three months after entering the portal, Johnson decided to take his talents to Kansas State, where the medical staff cleared him to play and chase an NBA dream.

Kansas State Season to Date

Following his transfer to Kansas State, he’s continued to shine as a college basketball player. Through his first seven games as a Wildcat, Johnson is averaging 18 points per game and two assists, playing 32 minutes per game. These stats are all career-highs. He is also shooting a career high in three-point percentage and free throw percentage percentage to go along with 6.9 rebounds per game. If Johnson continues to have the fantastic season he’s having, he has a chance to gain traction from NBA scouts around the league.


Although his jersey colors are no longer orange and blue, most Gator fans smile watching Johnson shine on the court.

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