Many college basketball fans will remember when Keonta Johnson went down in a December 2020 game against Florida State. Thankfully, the former four-star recruit was able to recover from the scare, but it was the last time he would see live basketball action. Court.
After seemingly hanging up the ropes permanently due to a heart attack, Johnson put his name on the transfer portal in early May.
Enter Kansas State, GoPowercat confirms that the Wildcats welcomed the 6-foot-5 athlete on a visit this weekend. K-State, along with USC, appear to be the two schools emerging as leaders in Johnson’s recruitment.
While at Baylor, Jerome Tang coached two players with heart disease (Jared Butler and King McClure), which is an encouraging sign for the Wildcats.
Johnson’s numbers were impressive at Florida, as he averaged 16.0 points per game before the season-ending scare against the Seminoles. As a sophomore, which was his last full season, he averaged a team-high 14.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 31.3 minutes per game for the Gentlemen. His effort He earned first team coaches and second team AP All-SEC honors. Johnson explains what it means to be a team player, he made an Honorary start on Senior Night, receiving a standing ovation as he walked off the court.
Before his junior year, Johnson took out a $5 million insurance policy.
According to an Associated Press report, citing two people familiar with the situation, Johnson took out the policy before the start of the season, with Florida paying him in July 2020. That policy offered him financial protection from injury as a first-round NBA draft pick could head into the season.
The Masters never cleared Johnson to return to the floor and he served as player manager. An investigation into the cause of the crash, which has not yet been officially announced, continues. Johnson’s family said at the time of or before the fall that the fall was unrelated to the COVID-19 diagnosis.
Recruited out of high school, Johnson chose Florida over Texas Tech, Kansas, UConn, Ohio State, Minnesota and other offers.
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