With a very young team taking the court in the 2008-2009 season, University of Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey has been looking for some older players for the following season.
He got one on Wednesday when Cloud County (Kan.) Community College small forward Jemal Farmer (6-5, 210), who can also play the shooting guard spot, committed to the Razorbacks.
"I just committed to Arkansas," Farmer said. "I just felt real comfortable with their style of play and really comfortable with Coach Pelphrey and (UA assistant) Coach (Isaac Brown)."
Farmer, a Chicago native who averaged 16 points last season, had his final choice down to Arkansas and Nebraska and joins Virginia prep power forward Marshawn Powell (6-7, 235) as 2009 Razorback commits.
"I felt real close with the Nebraska staff as well and it was a hard decision to make," Farmer said. "But in the end, I just feel like the best place for me to play the next couple of years is for the Razorbacks. All the Arkansas coaches were in the office when I called to commit and they all just started clapping. It made me feel really good."
Farmer is well aware he will be coming to a team that has only has 3 players on its roster that aren't either freshmen or sophomores.
"I think I can come in and add some points and rebounds but also think I can come in and add some leadership, too," Farmer said. "I just want to do pretty much everything I can to make our team better."
Cloud County will compete in the Hutchinson Jamboree on Oct. 11 and three other scrimmages before opening its season on Nov. 1 against Central Christian.
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