GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Keyontae Johnson is back in Florida's basketball facility, just not on the court. He's scouting opponents, coaching teammates, refereeing scrimmages and even talking trash from afar.
Seeing him, hearing him, being able to hug him and just having him around has created a much-needed feeling of relief for the Gators after a week of uncertainty that followed Johnson's harrowing collapse during a game at Florida State.
“Incredibly emotional for all of us,” coach Mike White said Monday.
Johnson was released from the hospital last week, 10 days after needing emergency medical attention.
White said he has “no idea” whether Johnson will be able to play again this season and added, “even if I did, I couldn’t talk about it" because of privacy laws.
“Right now he’s really eager to help with scouting and doing some coaching, doing some officiating, talking a little trash on the sideline," White said.
The Gators (3-1) postponed four games following Johnson's collapse and took 15 days off. They returned to practice Sunday and will get back on the court Wednesday night at Vanderbilt (4-2), the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
“Our guys are ready to move forward, not move on from Keyontae, but move forward with him," White said.