American college basketball star hospitalized after collapse on court

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Miami (AFP)

University of Florida star forward Keyontae Johnson was in critical but stable condition in hospital after collapsing on the pitch at the start of the Gators’ loss to Florida State in Tallahassee on Saturday .

Johnson, a third-year player who was named the Southeastern Conference’s best preseason male basketball player, had slammed home an alley dunk and celebrated with his teammates minutes into the contest and was heading fell to the court.

As the team’s medical staff assisted him, his teammates, some crying, gathered in concern with coach Mike White.

After Johnson was stretched, play finally resumed, with host Florida winning an 83-71 victory.

After the game, the Gators said they had no further updates on Johnson’s condition and White said he would stay with his player in Tallahassee while the rest of the team returned to campus. from school in Gainesville.

White did not speak to reporters but tweeted, “Thank you for continuing to pray for @Keyontae and his family. We all love it. ”

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton spoke to reporters after the game, discussing the decision to continue the fight.

“I told our staff that I was going to let them make that decision,” he said, adding that he had not spoken to White but had been told that the Gators coach had discussed it with his players before choosing to continue.

“I didn’t see what happened but it had a really dramatic effect on my team,” said Hamilton. “We are all hopeful and praying that he is okay, so I can imagine that if it affected our players emotionally, I can imagine what the situation was with his teammates. ”

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