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Leading scorer Keyontae Johnson returning to Gators for junior year

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Johnson rattles the rim with a one-handed dunk (0:20)

Keyontae Johnson splits defenders and takes off as he soars to the rim, slamming it down with one hand. (0:20)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida will have its top scorer back next season.

Forward Keyontae Johnson announced on social media Tuesday that he plans to return for his junior year with the Gators, a huge boost for coach Mike White's program.

Johnson averaged 14.0 points a game to lead the team in scoring, and was second in rebounding (7.1). He also led the team in steals (38), was second in 3-point shooting (38%) and ranked third in assists (49). He played his best basketball down the stretch, notching five double-doubles in Florida's final nine games before the coronavirus pandemic canceled most of the postseason.

Johnson is the second Florida starter to commit to staying in school another season. Guard Scottie Lewis announced last week that he will be back for his sophomore year because "we have some unfinished business."

The Gators (19-12, 11-7 Southeastern Conference) now await word on sophomore point guard Andrew Nembhard. Nembhard entered the NBA draft last year before withdrawing his name and returning for a second season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.