As the race to secure the 2020-2021 Preseason SEC Player of the Year has been heating up, it seems that the Wildcats have become the favorite. This commitment would be huge for the basketball program, as Jerome Tang and his staff have hit the ground running on the recruiting trail.
Keyontae Johnson had quite the scare at the beginning of the 2020-2021 season, after collapsing on the court coming out of a timeout at Florida State. Since then, Johnson hasn’t touched the court as he has been deciding whether to get medically cleared to play again or cash in on a $5 million insurance policy. During his 71-game career at Florida, Johnson averaged 11.1 points and 6.6 rebounds a game.
The fact that Johnson is looking to continue his basketball career shows his love for the game and the confidence he has to make it to the next level. If Johnson were to play more than a certain amount of games this upcoming season, he would forfeit his $5 million insurance policy.
Tang has been quick to recover from the couple of lackluster seasons under former head coach Bruce Weber. With the coaching change, Tang saw a big roster turnover, keeping just two players from last year’s roster. That didn’t worry the coaching staff, as they hit the transfer portal securing Mississippi State transfer Cam Carter, LSU transfer Jerrell Colbert, Stoney Brook transfer Tykei Greene, Hofstra transfer Abayomi Iyiola, Virginia Tech transfer David N’Guessan, Arkansas State transfer Desi Sills, and Chipola transfer Nae’Qwan Tomlin.
The expectations for the Wildcats this upcoming season aren’t high, as they finished last season 14-17 overall and ninth in the Big 12, but after seeing what Tang has done in his first offseason, I would expect Kansas State to see improvement on the court this upcoming season.