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Florida star Keyontae Johnson put in medically-induced coma

Doctors hope to bring Johnson out of the coma soon.

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Here is the latest from Florida on Keyontae Johnson:

Florida forward Keyontae Johnson had a medical emergency Saturday during the Gators’ loss to Florida State. He collapsed on the court early in the game, then was taken to a local hospital where he was reportedly in critical but stable condition.

There’s been no indication as to what caused Johnson to collapse, but there’s no question it’s a very serious and scary situation for the preseason SEC Player of the Year.

Now, USA Today’s Josh Peter reports that Johnson has been placed in a medically-induced coma. The good news is doctors hope to bring Johnson out of the coma sometime today.

Florida men’s basketball player Keyontae Johnson is in a medically induced coma after collapsing during a game over the weekend, his grandfather, Larry DeJarnett, told USA TODAY Sports on Monday.

DeJarnett said in a phone interview that his grandson was transported to Gainesville, Florida on Monday after receiving his initial treatment in Tallahassee, where he collapsed early in Saturday’s game between the Gators and Florida State.

DeJarnett said doctors hoped to bring Johnson out of the coma Monday afternoon.

“They’re just not sure,” DeJarnett told USA TODAY Sports. “He may have had activity in the brain, so they induced the coma. They put him on medication to keep him sedated.”

Johnson began the season on fire, averaging 19.7 points per game on 23/36 shooting (64%) over his first three games. He scored five points on 2/3 shooting in four minutes of action before collapsing on the court Saturday against the Noles.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Johnson and his family during this challenging time. We’re all rooting for Johnson to pull through this and get back to full health.