Khirey Floyd Asked to Walk On Iowa Hoops Team

Khirey Floyd became a Hawkeye fan thanks to his mother and Ronnie Lester. Now, the Illinois native is in line to join the Iowa basketball team for the 2010-11 season. Hawkeye Insider spoke with the JC PG to find out the latest on his plans to play in Carver-Hawkeye Arena this winter.

Maybe Khirey Floyd was destined to be an Iowa basketball player. After all, his mother rooted for one of the all-time great Hawkeyes.

"I've always been a fan of the Hawkeyes," Floyd said. "My mom's best friend, Billy Harris, is great friends with Ronnie Lester. We've talked to him. The Hawkeyes have always stood out to me."

It looks like Floyd will get a chance to follow in Lester's footsteps. The point guard from Oak Park, Ill. is being asked to walk on the Iowa team this season.

Floyd played last year at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn. After the completion of his campaign, he sent video to Hawkeye Assistant Coach Andrew Francis.

"After he watched my tape, he asked me to come down," Floyd said. "I've talked with Coach Francis and Coach (Sherman) Dillard a lot. They got me into the Prime Time (League) and summer school. They told me to be ready for the season."

Floyd said he will try out for the team but he has been told by the coaches that it's a formality.

"I know I'll be on the team," said Floyd, who reported himself to be 6-foot-4, 200 pounds. "They made it pretty clear I was on the team."

Floyd graduated from Oak Park (Ill.) and River Forest High in 2008. He then played one season at Orange Coast Community College in California.

"I was just too far away," he said. "I averaged around five points a game and played OK."

Floyd averaged about 11 points at Riverland last season. He felt his best basketball still was ahead of him.

"I'm kind of a late bloomer," he said. "I was cut from teams in high school and really didn't start to take off until I was a senior. I‘ve always been chasing the game."

A tough season at the Division III JC level didn't help Floyd and his teammates get noticed by four-year schools.

"A lot of it is my fault as the point guard," he said. "I just decided to force my way on at Iowa and hope to earn a scholarship."

Academically, Floyd admits that his lack of focus cost him in high school and determined his path to junior college. He said his GPA is at 2.9 and his summer class at Iowa is going well.

"I can't play open gym with the team until I'm officially on the roster," Floyd said. "Former Hawkeyes Duez Henderson and Jason Price have been working me out. They go at me pretty hard. It's tiring."

Floyd knows the road to his goal will continue to be challenging.

"It's hard just to get on a Prime Time roster," he said. "I know the chances of me doing something at Iowa will be tough. I'm just going to walk by my faith and thank God for this opportunity."

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