The next basketball player up in CoachCal.com’s spotlight is EJ Floreal, the team’s new walk-on. Floreal, a track star in high school whose father serves as UK’s track and field coach, decided to chase his dreams and only play basketball in college. The son of two Olympians, EJ didn’t just want to play anywhere; he wanted to play with the best at Kentucky.
“I wanted to be the best I could be,” Floreal said. “I wanted to play with the best, practice with the best, work out with the best. This has the best trainers, best facilities, strength coaches, so this is the best place for me. I also wanted to get some experience with a team that’s winning, not a team that’s rebuilding — a team that’s going to go deep into the tournament.”
Despite having offers from other schools, EJ fought hard and earned a walk-on spot on what many consider to be the most talented team in college basketball history. His goal is to earn a scholarship, and according to Cal, he has potential:
“I’m really excited about E.J. joining our team. He’s a great young man who certainly has the athletic ability to be a part of this team and compete at this level. He’s just beginning on the learning curve in terms of some of his basketball skills, but he’s eager to soak up everything he can and has the potential to be a contributor for us.”
Read more about EJ, his ridiculously athletic family, and watch a video interview over CoachCal.com: