Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA InsiderRead 2 minutes
The NBA’s fitness-for-game panel has cleared Kansas State guard/forward Keonta Johnson, allowing him to be selected in June’s NBA draft, agents Mark Bartelstein and Ross Arroyo of Advance Sports told ESPN on Friday.
NBA teams were notified of Johnson’s approval in a memo shared Friday afternoon from the league office. Johnson, considered a late first-round pick, will now be eligible to start traveling and work out for reserve teams, Bartelstein said.
Johnson interviewed with teams at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last week.
As a member of the Florida Gators, Johnson, 23, collapsed on the court against Florida State in December 2020 and spent three days in a medically induced coma. He was diagnosed with a heart condition, but was eventually cleared to play again and landed at Kansas State, where he was named the 2023 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
Fifteen months later, Johnson made one final appearance for the Gators in March 2022 before entering the transfer portal and being medically cleared to play last season at Kansas State.
Johnson averaged 17.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in the NCAA tournament as he advanced to the Elite Eight.