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‘I’m going to come for them,’ former Coast basketball star promises after being overlooked

Jonathan “Biscuit” Floyd keeps an important schedule tucked away in his Copiah-Lincoln Community College dorm room.

The Wolves game schedule has every school but Southwest C.C. marked with an asterisk.

“Make them regret passing on you!” is neatly printed atop the schedule. It serves as a daily motivator for the former South Mississippi star who only held three junior college offers out of Harrison Central.

“I really just go out there and try to play my hardest,” Floyd told the Sun Herald on Friday. “I look at it like, if you don’t offer me and I get offered by someone else, I’m going to come for them.

“I’m going to make them regret passing on me. That’s what I mean — show them why they should have offered me.”

Floyd has stayed true to his word. After averaging 14.5 points per game as a freshman last season, Floyd has improved his production this year. Through 11 games, Floyd is averaging a team-high 15.3 ppg. He’s also leading the Wolves with 4.1 assists per game and 1.5 steals. He’s currently converting 46.5 percent of his shots from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range.

You can see the chip on Floyd’s shoulder nightly when he steps on the court. All smiles off the hardwood, there’s no doubt what motivates Floyd once he laces up his sneakers. Floyd can score inside and out and can be a tenacious in-your-face defender, his long dreads swishing across his face.

“That’s why I play the way I play. That chip you can use an advantage,” said Floyd, who began his prep career at Gulfport before transferring to HCHS prior to his senior season “I’ve always been overlooked.”

5-foot-10

Floyd knows a big reason he was lightly recruited out of high school.

The Admirals listed Floyd as 5-foot-8 as a junior; Co-Lin has him at 5-foot-10 this year.

“I feel like if I was 6-foot or 6-1 with same style, I feel like I probably would have ended up at (a four-year school),” he said. “But like my mom says, when I go out there I look like one of the big men because of my heart.”

Through the mid-point of his sophomore season, Floyd said Southeastern Louisiana, William Carey, University of Mobile, Newman (KS) University and Talladega College are among his current suitors. None of the aforementioned schools have committed to him just yet. He’s hoping if the Wolves continue their success that will change.

“I feel like with our record and leading the team I feel like that can get me more exposure,” he said, asked what it will take to get an offer. “I haven’t really thought about it too much — we’re just trying to get to the tournament. If we get to the tournament, no one has to worry about the exposure.”

Game-winner

Floyd’s marked up schedule is a bit misleading, he admits. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College was the third school to extend an offer, but it wasn’t until late in his senior season. As he puts it, the Bulldogs should have shown more interest sooner. The chip showed again Thursday night when the Wolves visited Gulf Coast.

Former Admiral Keevon Oney put MGCCC ahead of Co-Lin with 3.4 seconds, but the Wolves were quick to outlet a pass to a streaking Floyd.

Floyd was admittedly “shocked” when the officials whistled a foul against MGCCC with just 0.4 seconds remaining.

Nearly a month earlier, Floyd missed two late free throws at Delgado. Although Co-Lin still won, the memory was engrained in Floyd’s mind Thursday in Perkinston.

“I just kept telling myself that can’t happen again,” he said.

It didn’t, and Floyd made both shots to lift the Wolves to a thrilling 68-67 win. He finished the game with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

‘Biscuit’ by the numbers

Year/School

PPG

APG

SPG

2013/14 Gulfport High School

4.6

3.6

1.0

2014/15 Gulfport High School

8.6

3.1

1.2

2015/16 Harrison Central High School

19.8

4.4

3.5

2016/17 Copiah-Lincoln C.C.

14.5

4.4

1.8

2017/18 Copiah-Lincoln C.C.

15.3

4.1

1.5

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