May 12, 2006
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former Furman basketball All-American Darrell Floyd was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall-of-Fame in ceremonies Thursday night in Raleigh. Floyd, who passed away on Oct. 8, 2000, at the age of 67, was among 10 former state athletic greats enshrined into the state's hall-of-fame, which is housed at the North Carolina Museum of History Raleigh and now includes 243 members.
"Furman University is very pleased Darrell Floyd has been inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall-of-Fame," said school athletics director Dr. Gary Clark. "He was a tremendous credit to Furman, Paladin basketball, and the Greenville community, and his life and contributions in so many areas will always be greatly cherished. We're very proud of him and in the knowledge that he will always occupy a permanent seat in the pantheon of great Furman basketball players."
A native of Thomasville, N.C., who came to Furman in 1954 following an All-American season at Wingate (N.C.) Junior College, Floyd garnered first team All-America honors in 1955 & '56 after averaging a nation best 35.9 points per game as a junior and 33.8 points per game as senior. Combined with All-American teammate Frank Selvy, who led the NCAA in scoring in 1953 & '54, the duo gave Furman a four-year lock on NCAA scoring crowns.
His 32.1 career scoring average still ranks as the eighth highest career average in NCAA history and ahead of well-known basketball greats such as Elgin Baylor (31.3 ppg), Elvin Hayes (31.0 ppg), Larry Bird (30.3 ppg), Bill Bradley (30.2 ppg), and Wilt Chamberlain (29.9 ppg). He scored 2,281 points in his 71-game Furman career.
Floyd twice earned Southern Conference and South Carolina Player-of-the-Year honors, as well as league athlete of the year accolades during his three-year Paladin tenure. He scored a career high 67 points against Morehead State on Jan. 2, 1955, and later that season tallied 56 points in a 124-87 triumph over Clemson. The 67-point performance against Morehead State ranks as the ninth highest single game scoring total in NCAA history, and his 56-point performance against Clemson still stands as a Tiger opponent record. The 6-foot-1 Paladin sharpshooter also registered 62 points against The Citadel, 48 versus Georgia Tech, and 46 versus Virginia Tech. In all he topped the 40-point plateau 15 times during his career.
After graduating from Furman in 1956 with a B.A. degree in health and physical education, Floyd was drafted by the United States Army and also by the NBA's St. Louis Hawks. Following a two-year stint in the Army, Floyd's draft rights were traded to the Cincinnati Royals but he never came to terms with the Royals. He returned to South Carolina and enjoyed a successful career in private business and as an entrepreneur.
A member of South Carolina, Wingate College, and National Junior College Athletic Association Halls-of-Fame, Floyd was a charter inductee into Furman's Athletic Hall-of-Fame in 1981. In 1998 he was named to the Southern Conference's 75-Year Anniversary Team. He is one of only five players in Furman basketball history to have his jersey (No. 33) retired.
Darrell and his wife, Kay, who still resides in Greenville, parented three daughters -- Diane Odom and Nancy Turner, both of Greenville, and Libby Floyd of Minneapolis, Minn.