Farmer's Successful Position Transition

Not everyone switches positions successfully, especially when you are going from the shooting guard to the point. Well, it looks like St. Augustine's junior Anthony Farmer is in the throws of a successful position transition.

Anytime you change positions, there's always a learning curve involved. When you are going from the shooting guard to the point – and most kids can't do it – the curve is especially steep and the odds are stacked against you.

Meet Anthony Farmer, one of the latest high schools guard to attempt the transition and look good doing it. The 6-1 Richland (NJ) St. Augustine guard accepted the challenge and is performing well.

"I felt that if I was going to on at the next level I was going to have to learn the point guard position," Farmer said.

"It was hard because I was catching it on the wing and looking to score. Now I have to be leader on the floor. I think it's all mental. You have to know what's best for you and make the adjustment. Picking and choosing your times to score and take over the game is the hardest. "There are times to take over and times to get everyone involved."

Farmer is learning and by doing so, he's probably taken his level of recruitment up a notch and is now a legit high-major type prospect. He's gone from a guy wired to score to a guy who wants to help others score but still has the ability to get a hoop when he needs to.

"I think Jameer Nelson does a great job. Chris Paul does a real good job too. Everyday I touch the ball I get a step closer. I still have some techniques of a point guard to learn."

Many programs understand that Farmer is in the middle of a big change. One school in particular is enamored with what they see.

"I think Rutgers is doing a great job [recruiting me]. They've been in touch with me and made contact with me the most. They're at practices, always sending information about the program and talking with my coach on the phone. They have a lot of nice things to say about me."

Wake Forest, St. Joe's, Seton Hall and in the mix as well.

"I'm looking for someone who's not only going to help me develop as a basketball player but also as a person. I also want to be surrounded by a great group of kids because at St. Augustine we have a brotherhood there."

Right now, Rutgers is clearly the team to beat.

"Rutgers is always going to be there in the back of my mind because they've done such a great job. It's almost like I owe them something."

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