The college basketball world rejoiced today at the news that Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson was released from the hospital after he collapsed on the court Dec. 12th against Florida State.
Sadly, it sounds like we won’t see Johnson on the court again this season.
Zach Abolverdi of the Gainesville Sun is reporting the diagnosis given for Johnson’s collapse is acute myocarditis, which is a heart inflammation that has been associated with the coronavirus. Johnson tested positive for the virus several months back before the season, though it’s still not been confirmed if Johnson’s condition is directly linked to the virus.
Johnson is expected to be out for at least three months and will likely miss the rest of the 2020-21 season.
If you remember back in August when the Big Ten first announced they wouldn’t play football this season (but eventually gave in), it was reported that 10 different players in the league were also suffering from this rare heart condition.
In this situation, Johnson’s health is all that matters, and it is likely he won’t see the court again until the 2021-22 season. Johnson was voted SEC Preseason Player of the Year.
The Big Blue Nation and the rest of America is surely keeping their thoughts and prayers with Keyontae as he continues to recover, and here is to hoping we get to see him on a basketball court again soon!
“Write your own story” God said my work here ain’t done pic.twitter.com/hJHlBIJmdg— Keyontae (@Keyontae) December 18, 2020
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