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Florida State men's basketball team still emotional following Keyontae Johnson's collapse

Posted at 6:39 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 23:39:19-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — As the Florida State men’s basketball team prepares for their ACC conference showdown with Georgia Tech, Tuesday night, the emotions from the events that unfolded in Saturday’s game against Florida are still being felt within this program.

When Florida standout junior Keyonate Johnson collapsed on the floor following an early timeout, it sent a numbing silence throughout the Tucker Center, followed by a shockwave of emotions that hit the Seminole team hard.

Today, we learned that FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton was ready to respect whatever decision Florida head coach Mike White and their administration were going to make, even if that meant ending the game right then and there.

It was an unexpected and unfamiliar situation for many to cope with.

“My comment was, 'fellas; the only thing we can do right now is pray for this young man.' And immediately I had several players on their knees crying and praying," said Hamilton. "And from a coaching standpoint, we always as human beings respond in relation with the experiences that we’ve had, and we try to relate to situations as a result of things we’ve seen, learned, and experienced. But as a head coach, I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

The latest update on Keynote Johnson is that he remains in stable but critical condition.

As always, we will keep you updated as we learn more.