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Florida's Johnson collapses, in critical but stable condition

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Florida's Keyontae Johnson.
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Florida junior and Norfolk, Va., native Keyontae Johnson is in critical but stable condition after collapsing during Saturday's game against Florida State, the school announced.

Before collapsing, Johnson had just finished an alley-oop dunk early in the first half, which prompted a Florida State timeout. Television cameras last showed him celebrating with teammates. Coming out of the break, ESPNU broadcasters announced that a player was down on the court.

Johnson will stay at Tallahassee Memorial overnight. Florida coach Mike White will also stay at the hospital with him, the school said in a statement.

The Gators' leading scorer over the past two years, Johnson was named SEC preseason player of the year after making First Team All-SEC last season. The 6-5 forward was averaging a team-high 19.7 points and 6.0 rebounds through three games this season and is considered an NBA prospect. He attended Virginia prep powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in high school.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who also went to Florida, was among the many to send Johnson well wishes on social media.

No. 20 Florida State (3-0) won the game 83-71 to hand Florida (3-1) its first loss of the season.