Anthony Farmer Stays Close to Home

It's been no secret that Anthony Farmer was close to making a decision. He'll make it official tomorrow, but we've got the breaking news of where the New Jersey guard is headed.

Rutgers has already kept Jaron Griffin and J.R. Inman home. Now Anthony Farmer is the latest to commit to the Scarlet Knights.

The 6-1, 165-pound St. Augustine (N.J.) floor leader will make it official on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at a news conference at his school.

``I decided on Rutgers because of the family atmosphere," Farmer said. "I feel like everyone there is loyal to me. I knew I was going there for a while, but I wanted to make sure and take some time to talk it over with my parents and my high school coach to make sure it was the right fit."

The other school under serious consideration was St. Joseph's.

``The coaches at Rutgers are doing a great job moving the program in the right direction. They had 20 wins last year," added Farmer. "Jersey players always seem to leave the state, but now the coaches are keeping some of the top players.

Farmer is a player who has seen his game change over the last couple years.

``He's a strong, explosive guard who is a one," St. Augustine coach Paul Rodio said. "He can play the two, also. His game has improved every year. At one time, he was just a slasher but he's really improved his perimeter shot."

``Both Rutgers and St. Joe's really like the way he can defend," added Rodio. "He's a tough kid and a winner. He's been to two state titles and won one."

In fact, Farmer scored 34 points in last year's state title game, a victory against Seton Hall Prep.

Now Rutgers will focus all his efforts on landing one final in-state player – 6-11 big man Andrew Bynum, who is close friends with Farmer.

``I've got to try and persuade him to come," Farmer said. "He's definitely considering it."


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