Keyontae Johnson is drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder nearly three years after entering a medically induced COMA following a collapse
- Johnson collapsed in a December 2020 game against Florida State
- After learning he would never play again, he was drafted by Oklahoma City
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Keyontae Johnson’s long journey continues after he was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder after a lengthy college career.
More than two years ago, Johnson collapsed on the pitch during a game in December 2020.
Johnson played for Florida at the time, and after that incident he was diagnosed with a heart condition and told he might never play again.
He transferred to Kansas State and spent the 2022-23 season there once he was cleared to play.
He spent time at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in a medically induced coma for three days before returning to Gainesville.
Keyontae Johnson was selected 50th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Draft
Johnson collapsed in 2020 as a member of Florida and was placed in a medically induced coma
Johnson scored five points in four minutes before going down against Florida State in 2020
Johnson, who turned 23 in May, had his best college season in 2022-23, averaging 17.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 36 starts.
He and teammate Markquis Nowell guided the Wildcats to the Elite Eight.
In May, Johnson was cleared to play in the NBA by the league’s Fitness to Play panel – which allowed him to train for NBA teams.
Johnson interviewed teams during the NBA Draft in Chicago last week.