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Florida’s Keyontae Johnson responding to commands, still in critical, stable condition

The Gators have postponed Wednesday’s game against North Florida. It was scheduled to be UF’s first contest since Johnson collapsed.
Florida forward Keyontae Johnson has been transported back to Gainesville from Tallahassee, according to his grandfather.
Florida forward Keyontae Johnson has been transported back to Gainesville from Tallahassee, according to his grandfather. [ MATT STAMEY | Associated Press ]
Published Dec. 14, 2020
Updated Dec. 15, 2020

Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson was placed in a medically induced coma after collapsing during Saturday’s game at Florida State, his grandfather told USA Today.

“He may have had activity in the brain, so they induced the coma,” his grandfather, Larry DeJarnett, told the newspaper on Monday. “They put him on medication to keep him sedated.” DeJarnett said doctors hoped to bring him out of the coma Monday afternoon.

UF did not specifically address DeJarnett’s statements, but said Monday afternoon that Johnson was transferred, as planned, from Tallahassee Memorial to UF Health in Gainesville.

“He continues in critical but stable condition, is following simple commands and undergoing further tests,” the Gators said in a statement.

Coach Mike White and UF’s associate athletic director for sports health, Dave Werner, had been staying in Tallahassee with Johnson. White has not spoken to reporters since the incident.

Neither UF officials nor his family have said why Johnson fell to the court during the first half of Saturday’s loss to FSU.

On Tuesday morning, the Gators announced that Wednesday’s game against North Florida has been postponed “with a makeup date to be determined.” UF thanked North Florida for its flexibility and willingness to reschedule the game.

Johnson, a junior forward, was the SEC’s preseason player of the year and a first-team all-conference selection by coaches last season, when he led the team in scoring at 14 points per game. The Virginia native was the Gators’ top scorer (19.7 ppg) and rebounder (6.0 per game) this season.