Keyontae Johnson medically cleared for NBA Draft

Forward Keyontae Johnson pumps up the crowd in the final seconds of K-State's men’s basketball game against Texas Christian University at Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 7, 2023. K-State won 82-61. (Archive photo by Nichole Maryse Harris | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State men’s basketball forward Keyontae Johnson has been cleared by the NBA’s Fitness to Play panel to be selected by a team in the 2023 NBA Draft, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on Twitter.

Johnson suffered from a heart condition at Florida in 2020 after collapsing in the middle of a game and later transferred to K-State for his senior year in 2022.

Johnson declared for the NBA Draft after the season, initially allowing himself the ability to drop out of the draft. Since then Johnson has participated in the NBA Draft Combine, the same event where he was medically tested and cleared.

The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game alongside shooting over 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3. Johnson’s performance landed him a projected late-first or early-second round pick by multiple mock drafts. The NBA Draft will take place Thursday, June 22, where Johnson looks to be selected by one of 30 NBA teams.