Stonewall Jackson junior forward Nicole Floyd this month decided to commit to Wake Forest with a major ambition — to challenge the career scoring and rebounding marks held by former Demon Deacon Jen Hoover, a 1991 Wake graduate and now the team’s first-year head coach.
Charlotte also offered the 6-foot-2 Floyd a scholarship, and she said she had been in serious discussions with Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina State. Floyd committed to Wake, much because of Hoover’s background and the school’s academic reputation.
“She was a post player herself and her records still have not been broken there,” said Floyd, who intends to major in English with plans of going into broadcasting.
“Wake Forest was my No. 1 and it had been my No. 1 ever since I made a top 10 for schools. I had already looked into the academics, and it’s close enough to home but also far away for me to be independent.”
Senior guard Patrice Johnson (H.D. Woodson) is a reserve guard for the Demon Deacons.
Floyd has played only one high school season. A knee injury caused her to miss all but two games her freshman year. That season she played briefly in the Virginia AAA semifinal win over West Springfield and in the loss to Princess Anne in the state championship.
Floyd averaged 10.3 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds last season and blocked 56 shots. The Raiders (22-4) lost to Potomac (Va.) in the Northwest Region semifinals.
But the Raiders did lose a key underclassman when 6-foot-3 sophomore Jonquanae Cole transferred to Paul VI Catholic, a team that could challenge for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. Cole said this summer that she had been offered by Marquette.