Farley plays well in loss

6'10 University of Louisville signee Terrance Farley had a big double-double in a losing effort against the Fairdale Bulldogs Friday night.

6'10 University of Louisville signee Terrance Farley has been playing lights out in recent weeks.

At the end of January, Farley had a monster game against Atherton, finishing with 27 points and 18 rebounds. Last Friday against Valley High School the athletic center posted his second triple-double of the season with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks.

And of course in the sell-out matchup against Sebastian Telfair and Brooklyn Lincoln, Farley went off for 13 points, 13 boards, and 10 rejections.

Friday night in a losing cause against Maurice Grinter and the Fairdale Bulldogs, Farley continued his outstanding play with 14 points, 20 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

It's clear by the numbers that Farley dominated the glass. He had 8 boards at the break and had a monster third quarter, securing 8 more, including three at the offensive end that he stuck back to keep PRP within striking distance.

Though he faced constant double and triple teams and received limited touches in the first half, Farley pounded the offensive boards in the second half, and scored four of his five hoops on stickbacks.

His blocked shot at the end of the first half on Grinter deserves mention, too. With time running out and Grinter heading full speed at him, Farley held his ground, timed his jump just right and swatted the 6-foot-2 juniors shot at the buzzer.

All told, Farley made 5 of 10 shots from the field and 4 of 5 free throws. He had one steal and several deflections in a foul plagued game.

He'll need to get stronger to finish better around the basket and sometimes he's not strong with the ball against double teams, but he's clearly made some serious strides in his final high school season.

With Farley, it's all about how good he'll become down the road with strength and coaching. His shot has nice arch and rotation and his release is fundamentally sound. He's also a quick leaper and has excellent timing on blocked shots. He can switch out on smaller players and already plays defense with his knees bent. The upside is huge and he's starting to put the pieces together.

Many think it's going to take two or three years for Farley to make an impact in college, especially at U of L's level. But after watching the kid play more than 40 times during the past two years, don't be surprised if he's making contributions at the defensive end next season.

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