Johnson was eventually evacuated to UF Health and released from the hospital ten days after collapsing. He worked as a player-coach for Florida for the last season and a half while undergoing more testing to establish the reason for his collapse, which has not been publicly disclosed. Johnson’s family has maintained that his collapse was unrelated to any current or former COVID-19 diagnosis.
Johnson was a standout for the Gators and was projected to be a first-round choice in the NBA Draft following his junior season. As a sophomore in the COVID-19-shortened 2019-20 season, he averaged 14.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game before starting the 2020-21 season with an average of 16.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in the first four games until the collapse ended his UF career. Johnson’s entry via the NCAA transfer portal is noteworthy, particularly given that he had purchased a $5 million insurance policy before his junior season.