Florida basketball star forward Keyontae Johnson was taken to a Tallahassee hospital after he collapsed early in the game against rival No. 20 Florida State on Saturday.
Johnson collapsed while walking to the sideline as the Gators were coming out of a timeout. The incident happen during the live television broadcast on ESPNU, but the cameras cut away from the court prior to the broadcasters saying Johnson had collapsed.
The junior forward was given emergency medical attention and taken to the locker room. It was later announced that he was taken to the Tallahassee hospital for further evaluations.
“Keyontae Johnson is being taken to a local hospital for further evaluation, and we’ll share an update when we can,” Florida men’s basketball said in a statement.
“Keyontae Johnson is in critical but stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial,” Florida basketball director of communications Denver Parler tweeted. “We will provide more updates when we are able.”
Johnson, a 6′ 5″ dominant player from Norfolk, Virginia, is averaging 19.7 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 63.9% this season and is considered a strong NBA prospect.
He is also being noted as one of the leading candidates for SEC Player of the Year.
The incident came as a surprise to team officials, as prior to him collapsing, Johnson had been celebrating with teammates and walking toward the sideline after finishing off an alley-oop pass from Tyree Appleby with 16:21 left in the half.
During the live broadcast, several Florida players were crying and hugging each other during the timeout. Head coach Mike White was among those offering support to his players as he could be seen putting his arms around them players before the game restarted.
The Gators (3-0) are undefeated this season after three games, while the Seminoles (2-0) have won both their fixtures so far.