Farley showed vast improvement from last season against the Royals, especially on the offensive end of the floor. After playing against current U of L players and at ABCD last summer against the top high school players in the nation, Farley says he's much stronger and more focused this season.
"It's made me a lot more physical than I used to be," Farley explained. "I'm stronger this season and more focused."
Playing without Chris Lofton and Dustin Gruetza, Mason County tried to double and triple team Farley but to little avail. Farley had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocked shots against the defending champs and by our count didn't miss a shot the entire game. We had him for 7-7 from the field and 4-4 from the line. He also had one assist and a steal.
"I don't pay attention to stats that much, I just play my game," Farley said when asked about his performance. "I think I played pretty good, though."
Known as a standout defender, Farley controlled the boards and intimidated the Royals inside the paint with his shot blocking ability. Farley's defensive performance helped ignite the Panther fast break and his long outlets set up easy baskets for his teammates.
"We're going to try to play this way every game," Farley said. "We're going to push it as hard as we can every time up and down the court..and that's the way we should play."
Farley's also glad to have the recruiting process come to an end and he's ready to focus solely on leading PRP to a regional title this season.
"It's a big relief off my shoulders," Farley explained of signing with the Cards last week. "Just to finally sign and get that off my conscience. It feels real good."
PRP junior point guard JuJuan Spillman also played well. ITV's #2 ranked player in the city of Louisville was clearly the most explosive performer on the court and knocked in some three's too. By our count, he finished with 15 points.
The Panthers also could get much better as they expect to have Butler transfer Thomas Porter eligible by midweek. Porter is extremely athletic and has long arms and would make PRP's already swarming press that much more effective.
Terrance Farley is a vastly improved prospect. He's much stronger and more assertive on the court, too. He looked very good scoring around the basket and his shooting stroke is a beauty for a big man. He was very active on the defensive end and rebounded and blocked shots that ignited PRP's fast break. He threw several good outlets that led to layups and fought through what PRP assistant Larry Kihnley calls "athlete induced asthma." The sky's the limit and Pitino has got a good one in Farley!