Flohr taking his game to Colorado Christian
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – All school year long, Kevin Flohr’s fielded the question.
“Where are you going to college?”
At long last, the Glenwood Springs High School senior basketball standout has an answer.
After much deliberation and several school visits, Flohr has settled on Colorado Christian University.
Flohr, a prolific scorer with practically unlimited shooting range, chose the Lakewood school not only for the basketball – the Division II program is a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference powerhouse and has been a postseason regular in recent seasons – but for the academics.
“I went down and had a really good visit and just decided I’d be happy there all around – for school and on the basketball team,” he said. “It’s really small, and the academic part is really good.”
Flohr, who will likely major in business, hails from a family of athletes.
His dad, also named Kevin, played basketball at Mesa State College in Grand Junction and is a member of the school’s Hall of Honor. Older brothers Sean and Michael both played college hoops, Sean at Mesa and Michael at both Mesa and Western State College. And then there’s the family’s matriarch, Linda, who was a tennis standout at Mesa in her athletic heyday.
But basketball is a pastime that ranks above all else at the Flohr household.
“When we came here 16 years ago, we hardly looked at the inside of the house,” the elder Kevin joked. “We saw the front yard and immediately knew where the hoop would go. We bought the house because it had the biggest yard.”
And the Flohr children put that yard to use. Fiercely competitive games of hoops were the norm.
As the youngest of three brothers, young Kevin took a beating.
“They were always a lot bigger than me,” he said.
But the youngest Flohr could always shoot. As such, he held his own.
“My dad taught me how to shoot,” he relayed. “With the height of my brothers, I had to find a way to shoot over them.”
That meant spending innumerable hours in the driveway hoisting up shots.
“Sometimes I’d make a goal to be out there for at least an hour and a half [each day],” he said. “That was even in the summer, when you really don’t want to do much. It seemed to help and it was fun for me.”
Flohr’s shooting prowess was on full display during his four-year run as a varsity player at Glenwood Springs High School.
He capped his prep career by putting up 24.5 points a contest during his senior season, a campaign in which he shot at a 99-of-270 clip (36.7 percent) from three-point range and hit a ridiculous 138 of 147 free throws (93.9 percent).
With that kind of proficiency, it’s no surprise Flohr’s hoops idols are players like J.J. Redick, Jimmer Fredette and Adam Morrison.
Now the 6-foot-3ish Flohr is set to take his surgeon-like shooting touch and off-the-charts basketball IQ to CCU. He said he’ll likely play the shooting guard position for the Cougars.
The elder Kevin, who spent three seasons Glenwood Springs High School’s head boys basketball coach before stepping away after the 2005-06 season, expects big things. He’s watched his son transition from the Glenwood basketball program’s tween water boy to a high school standout who helped the Demons to three straight 4A Western Slope League titles.
“They all used to literally treat him like part of the team,” the proud father recalled. “They would play one on one with him when he was at their hip height. He learned the good, the bad and the ugly about everything. He challenged all of them. Even at the age he was, he would beat them all in the free throw contests.”
That experience against the big boys molded little Kevin into the big-time player he is today, a player who can’t wait to start the next phase of his basketball career. And, in picking CCU, he’s confident he made the right choice of schools.
“I like the team and I also like the interim head coach [Brandon Nicol],” he said. “I just wanted to go somewhere where I was happy for four or five years.”
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