Farmar narrows list, hopes to add one more offer

Jordan Farmar is arguably the top point guard on the West Coast and among the best point guard prospects in the nation. He did nothing to hurt his rating with his performance at the Boo Williams Invitational. All of the top dogs are vying for his services, but two big time programs are now out of the running. <FONT color=red>NOTE: THIS IS AN UPDATED STORY FROM THIS AFTERNOON WITH A FULL INTERVIEW! </FONT>

UCLA, Arizona, Florida and Gonzaga have all offered and are all being seriously considered by Farmar. Stanford and Kansas are no longer in the hunt.

Farmar visited Stanford, an although the academics are great, the atmosphere as a whole just didn't click.

"It didn't have to do with any one thing," Farmar said of his decision to eliminate the Cardinal. "It was the overall feeling, it just wasn't the place for me.

Farmar also eliminated Kansas with the announcement that Roy Williams was leaving Lawrence for Chapel Hill.

"He was there for so long and built such a good program," Farmar said of Williams. "They had such a good tradition with him and the players really played hard for him."

Farmar is very high on the four schools remaining on his list, but would not mind if someone else got more involved. It seems as if UConn has been very interested, but as of yet the Big East school has not offered.

"UConn has been talking to me, but have not offered," Farmar said. "Being on the East Coast they did not get a chance to see me play last season."

Of the four he is considering, Florida is the only school he has yet to visit. He will take his first official visit to Gainesville on May 16th. Despite having Anthony Roberson in the fold and Ryan Appleby on the way, Farmar is not worried about a logjam with the Gators.

"I am very confident that I can go in there and play right away," Farmar said. "Of course playing time is a concern, but as far as I'm concerned point guard at Florida is wide open. They think Roberson could leave early and they have Appleby coming in, but until he plays they are not sure about him. I think I can play right away there, but starting has not been promised. Even if I don't start, they go to their bench, so I know I would play."

Farmar could be looking at staying in town. The Los Angeles native previously said that he favored leaving town, but saying no to the Bruins is never easy. New coach Ben Howland has made an impression on Farmar.

"I like him a lot," Farmar said of the new UCLA head coach. "He came out to see me the first day coaches were allowed to. He is real cool."

Getting the services of shooting guard Arron Afflalo did not hurt the Bruins chances of landing Farmar. The two have played together and Afflalo had only positives to say about UCLA.

"He really liked it," Farmar said.

Gonzaga is another team in the hunt. Farmar has been to Spokane and loved both the city and the school. Mark Few, his staff and the Bulldog players all made a great impression on Farmar.

"I like the whole situation there," said Farmar. "The area, the people, everything. It has a lot going for it. The only negative is that they play in a small conference."

Farmar visited Arizona once and loved what he saw. Despite a lot of talented guards on the roster, Farmar is not scared of the competition.

"If I went there I'd need to earn my time," Farmar said. "With Mustafa Shakur, Chris Rodgers and myself there would be three point guards. Add Jawann McClellan, Hassan Adams and Andre Iguodala and that is a lot of guys who can play guard."

Despite the potential to have a glut of bodies in the backcourt, Farmar is not ruling the Wildcats out. First he knows that any member of that group could go pro or transfer. Secondly, he is well aware of what going to Arizona means.

"It is a concern, but not something to worry about," Farmar confessed. "I like the guys and love the Coaches, Olson, Tention and Pastner. I know Hassan pretty well from AAU ball, plus I played 3-on-3 with Jawann and Ndudi Ebi and some of the other guys.

Farmar plans to take official visits to Tucson, Spokane and Westwood. As of now he will be in Tucson for Midnight Madness, but that could change if he commits or decides he wants to make his decision earlier.

"We'll see what happens," he said. "I haven't scheduled anything, but I'm in no rush."

He played very well at Boo Williams, but his team struggled. They lost one game in overtime and another by one point. Farmar was disappointed because the team was loaded with talent with the likes of Gabriel Pruitt, Josh Shipp, Robert Swift and Amir Johnson.

Farmar will attend the Nike Camp, and will be playing a number of AAU events before then.

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