Freshman walk-on guard E.J. Floreal has been through a long, winding road to become the final member of this year’s freshman class, and he has his father to thank for help on his journey.
Floreal trudged off the court on Feb. 27, 2012 in California after Palo Alto High School’s overtime loss to St. Francis High School that ended his junior season.
Unbeknownst to him, that would be his final high school basketball game in California. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard was born in Atlanta, Ga., and grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., where his father, UK track and field director Edrick Floreal, coached with Stanford University from 1998 to 2012.