Gators star basketball player Keyontae Johnson continues to recover after collapsing on the court Saturday in Tallahassee but is progressing well according to an update from Athletic Director Scott Stricklin Wednesday.
Stricklin, who spoke over the phone on ESPN Gainesville, said that he had been able to go straight to the hospital Tuesday after returning from the College Football Playoff meetings in Dallas. Stricklin said Johnson was awake and sitting up in a chair.
“He’s been sedated so he was still a little groggy,” Stricklin said in the interview, “but he thanked me for coming by and it was just good to see him.”
Stricklin also said he’d been told Wednesday that Johnson had improved even since he had seen him and that the star forward had been having conversations with his doctors and coaches and was smiling and laughing, but still had more testing to undergo.
“His prognosis seems to be trending in the right direction,” Stricklin said, “but we still have a lot of questions, the medical folks have a lot of questions they want to make sure they get answered.”
This optimistic update comes on the heels of a statement from Johnson’s parents shared through the team’s social media which said that Johnson had been upgraded to stable condition and had been breathing on his own. His parents also said he FaceTimed his teammates.
Johnson was transferred from Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare to UF Health in Gainesville Monday.