On Monday, the University of Kentucky landed a new track and field coach. As a result, a Central Kentucky high school could be getting a very good basketball player.
E.J. Floreal is the son of new UK track coach Edrick Floreal. He was also one of the better high school basketball players in California last season. Floreal made ESPN’s all-state honorable mention list after averaging 14 points and seven rebounds as a junior for Palo Alto High School.
The 6-foot-4 guard got his first college scholarship offer — from Cal State Bakersfield — a couple of months ago. Tennessee is among the schools that have shown interest, and Floreal is scheduled to participate in an elite camp in Knoxville this summer. His mother was a track star at Tennessee before winning the silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 1992 Olympics.
Floreal is also a track star, finishing third at the California state meet in the 200 meters, fourth in the 100 meters and winning Boys Track Athlete of the Year honors from the San Jose Mercury News. But basketball remains his passion.
“Track is sort of a hobby … I never saw myself as a track athlete,” he told Palo Alto Online last month.
That’ll be good news for an area basketball coach. Edrick Floreal said Tuesday that the family hadn’t settled on a high school yet. “We’re still shopping and kind of looking around at neighborhoods.” He also said they hadn’t decided whether they would pick a public or private school.