UF’s Johnson breathing on his own, speaking to family and FaceTimed with teammates

Keyontae Johnson has made remarkable progress since collapsing Saturday, and he is now speaking to his family and in stable condition.

For more than 72 hours, all eyes, thoughts and concerns in the college basketball world were on Keyontae Johnson, the SEC Preseason Player of the Year who collapsed during Florida’s game Saturday at FSU. He was taken off the court on a stretcher, rushed to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and was in critical but stable condition.

Quite frankly, I wasn’t confident that he was going to survive after Saturday’s incident that was so eerily similar to the Hank Gathers tragedy nearly 31 years ago. He was in a medically-induced coma for more than 48 hours.

However, Johnson’s family provided a wonderful and promising update on Keyontae’s status Tuesday afternoon in a tweet sent out from the account of the Florida men’s basketball program:

Johnson is no longer in critical condition. He’s stable, speaking to his family, breathing on his own and even FaceTimed with his UF teammates on Tuesday.

He’s not out of the woods yet and whether he’ll ever be able to resume his playing career is a complete unknown, but that’s been the least of all of our concerns since he collapsed anyway.

MajorWager will continue to monitor this fluid situation. For more on Johnson, you can check out my by-line from earlier in the week here.

UF’s game scheduled for tonight vs. UNF has been postponed but with yesterday’s positive news, it seems likely the Gators will play their scheduled home game vs. FAU on Saturday.

Mike White’s team is 3-1 straight up and 2-2 against the spread. UF had an 11-3 lead at FSU when Johnson collapsed, but the Seminoles ended up winning an 83-71 decision.

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