Productive Farmer

Cloud County (Kan.) Community college hoops star Jemal Farmer (6-5, 210) has been pleased with what he has seen at the University of Arkansas this weekend as both he and Chipola (Fla.) Junior College power forward Jeremy Jacob (6-8, 230) take official visit.

Cloud County (Kan.) Community College swingman Jemal Farmer seems pleased at what he has found in Fayetteville on his official visit this weekend to the University of Arkansas.

Farmer (6-5, 210), a Chicago native who averaged 16.1 points and 5.4 rebounds last season while being named to the All-Jayhawk Conference first team, and Chipola (Fla.) Junior College power forward Jeremy Jacob (6-8, 230) are on officials to Arkansas this weekend.

"The only time I had been here before was for the Real Deal on the Hill AAU Tournament and it was cool," Farmer said. "I enjoyed it then and I am enjoying myself now.

"I like the fans at the football game – they are crazy," Farmer added. "All of the players are cool. That's a big thing for me. I am getting a good feel for everything."

Farmer, who was a center in high school and boasts a 40-inch vertical, showed some versatility to his game last season while knocking down 37 3-pointers and getting to the line 159 times.

"I am still working on all parts of my game – being strong with the ball, being more consistent shooting-wise," Farmer said. "I think the sky is the limit for me if I keep working hard."

Iowa State had looked like a front-runner for Farmer earlier, but is not in the picture anymore.

"I am no longer looking at Iowa State," Farmer said. "Right now I am just looking at Arkansas, UAB, K-State and Nebraska. I am going to Nebraska next weekend and then K-State the following weekend."

Farmer is aware that Arkansas had a wing guy who went in the NBA draft last season.

"It's been a real good program and I know about Sonny Weems and how successful he was by coming here," Farmer said. "And Coach Brown and Coach Pelphrey are really cool so I thought I needed to come down and check it out."

Like Weems, Farmer is a high-flyer with a 40-inch vertical jump who loves to dunk.

"I think my best are my windmill one and one I can do between the legs," Farmer said. "I love to bring that one out when we are having a dunk contest."

Farmer believes he will play both the shooting guard and small forward on the college level.

"I am definitely looking for an up-tempo system because that definitely fits my style," Farmer said. "I want to go to a place where I have a chance to play right away and where they have a chance to win my two years there."

Farmer thinks playing in the Jayhawk Conference has helped his progress as a basketball player.

"It is a tough conference," Farmer said. "Every night you are playing against a top player and a top team. On our side of the conference, we have got Bobby Mays that is going to Tennessee and Qu'rraan Calhoun, who is going to Houston. There are good players on the East side and West side. It is great competition every night."

Of course, being from Chicago – home of former Razorback Patrick Beverley – didn't hurt either.

"You have got to be good and tough to have success in Chicago," said Farmer, who played at Bloom Township. "You especially had to be in the class of '07 with Derrick Rose and all those guys.

"I played against both Derrick Rose and Patrick," Farmer added. "Both of those guys are now pros and it makes me think if I keep working hard that could be me at that level one day."

He had a choice to make after high school.

"Once I didn't make my grades I knew I would have to go to juco or prep school," Farmer said, "and there was just so much going on with those prep schools and all that controversy that I thought I should go juco instead.

"I knew Coach (Chad) Eshbaugh at Cloud, an assistant coach, and there were a couple of guys from my area that were leaving as I was coming in," Farmer continued. "I thought it would just be a good spot for me."

Cloud was 22-11 last season falling two wins short of making the national tournament.

"We got myself and one other guy coming back this season and a lot of freshmen, but I think we are going to be okay," Farmer said. "We've got some great talent and great coaches."





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