“It’s just an honor to be able to step on that court and lace my two sneakers after two greats like that,” said DJ.
An honor, but never a pressure.
“Growing up, [Dajuan] always told me to do what I love and have fun,” DJ fondly stated. “So, he never tried to pressure me, but once he saw that I was taking it seriously and I loved it, that’s when he really started to put his work into it and work me out.”
The conversation is reminiscent of one Milt remembers having with Dajuan when he first started playing. The words are passed down from generation to generation.
“He knew I wanted to be great, so he wanted to help me with that.”
At 17, DJ could already be considered great. ESPN’s top-ranked player of the 2023 class will be playing college basketball for Calipari, now with Kentucky, next season, just like his dad. It wasn’t a decision easily reached, with Milt at Louisville and offers from both schools, but again, Dajuan and Milt let DJ choose his own path.
“It was difficult for me,” DJ said. “But I wouldn’t say it was hard because I had family, regardless, wherever I would’ve gone.”