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Florida leading scorer Keyontae Johnson will return to school

PHOTO: UAA Communications/Alex de la Osa

PHOTO: UAA Communications/Alex de la Osa

Yet another SEC standout is returning to school next season.

This afternoon, Florida sophomore forward Keyontae Johnson announced he would not be testing the NBA Draft waters and will return to school next season.

“I can’t wait to get back and play with my brothers again next season!” Johnson said in a statement. “We’ve got unfinished business and the Gators will be ready to go. I’m excited to keep growing on and off the court with Coach White and our coaching staff here and keep playing in front of the Gator family.”

Last season as a sophomore, the native of Norfolk, VA averaged a team-high 14.0 points and 7.1 rebounds while shooting .544 from the field. He recorded eight double-doubles on the season.

Seen as a potential first-round draft selection, Johnson is now expected to compete for SEC Player of the Year honors next season.

Johnson joins fellow returnee Scottie Lewis, a former five-star recruit in the class of 2019, who announced his return to school last week. In his freshman campaign, Lewis averaged 8.5 points and 3.6 assists per game, shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from three.

*sigh*

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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22 Comments for Florida leading scorer Keyontae Johnson will return to school



  1. A_Blue_Wildcat
    3:11 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    We have 5 players going pro and only one will be a first round pick, likely 3 will go undrafted. We went from being a pipeline to the nba to being a pipeline for the g league.



    • Newtype
      4:03 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Stfu. No one would go undrafted except EJ.



    • MississippiBlue
      6:16 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Glad you said it first! I’m so tired of seeing some of these fake fans bash our players! Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to see a team take a flier on EJ late in the second round if they like his workout. NBA teams draft on potential, not production! It’s not that hard of a concept to figure out.



    • Lip Man 1
      5:54 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      New: I’d wager at least two of the guys won’t be drafted.



    • 2andToodleLoo
      7:43 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      And Whitney left and Juzang left. Not a fake fan as some like to say. Just tired of so many leaving that aren’t guaranteed NBA guys. Compare to Florida getting leading scorer back and Scottie Barnes.



    • JASUN74
      9:30 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Barns is going to Florida St. my friend. Florida will be a good team tho if Nemheart comes back as he should. I’ll be completely honest, I never understand how Coach was watching Keldon play and not want Keyontea instead. Same team and he was the better players to me. Got to take the guys that will come though. Go Cats. This next season is going to be special my brother and sisters!!



    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      12:09 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Newtype and MississippiBlue you’re clueless if you think Hagans and EJ are getting drafted. Nick might, but based on drafts in recent history everything points to him not getting drafted.



  2. runningunnin.454
    3:15 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Evidently they are spared the nba fever that infects our players, year after year. Maybe they make plenty where they are.



  3. VirginiaCat
    3:25 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    A potential first round pick who can’t wait to return to school, play with his brothers, and take care of unfinished business. Cal would never stand for such a thing!



    • BlueSteel
      3:30 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      That’s right VirginCat – How in the world did he ever let PJ Washington come back last year!!??! Florida will return their players and we will still be better!



  4. terwilliger
    3:38 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Cool he can lose to Kentucky twice again. Maybe 3 times.



    • Alex90
      4:57 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Lol my thoughts exactly. Apparently some of these fans miss the Tubby days



    • CrystalBall
      5:37 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Alex90. Are you referring to the Tubby that once lost 7 consecutive games to Fla. Still an all time record for UK.



    • Kyfanfav1984
      8:12 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Dam you said it first but exactly my thought.



  5. Newtype
    4:04 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Still don’t know who this kid is.



  6. michaelb
    4:42 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Is nimbhart done ? Or is he gonna be with them?



  7. michaelb
    4:43 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Florida is gonna be a formidable opponent , they were last year too but doesn’t matter to KENTUCKY hehe



  8. Lip Man 1
    5:53 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Have to agree with that comment.



  9. Cousins Fake Tooth
    7:03 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    At least players at other schools have some common sense.



    • CatsfaninFL
      7:23 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Unlike you?



  10. cats.by.5
    8:51 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve already complained enough on this issue. But either way, man seeing guys come back elsewhere makes it hurt more. GO CATS.