Former Florida Gators forward Keonta Johnson could resume his college basketball career at another Power Five school.
Johnson visited Kansas State on Saturday, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman; Johnson wants to play again, Stadium quoted a source as saying.
Save for a respectable start for the Gators against Kentucky in March, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Johnson collapsed on the court on Dec. 12, 2020, and did not appear in the game against Florida State. Due to inflammation of the heart. Johnson was hospitalized 10 days after the incident before being released.
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Johnson coached the Gators for the next year and a half in hopes of being medically cleared. He was not expected to be cleared to play under new UF head coach Todd Golden. He entered the transfer portal in May. Johnson was charged with sexual battery in March, but the charges were dropped earlier this month due to insufficient evidence.
If Johnson chooses not to play again, he can cash out a $5 million insurance policy, according to a report from the Associated Press. The NCAA offers a special injury insurance program for college basketball players who are drafted in the first round of the NBA or WNBA drafts. Johnson, the preseason SEC Player of the Year entering the 2020-21 college basketball season, will be eligible for the policy.
In addition to Kansas State, USC is also reportedly interested in Johnson.