Like most freshman, Farley has had to face the challenge of adapting to everyday life as a college freshman. And with added responsibities of being a member of Rick Pitino's basketball team, Farley, admittedly, didn't always take care of his new-found responsibities like he should have.
Dismissed from the team earlier this month by Pitino only to be reinstated days later, Farley saw his most extensive playing time of the season Monday night against Morehead State in a 104-40 victory over Kyle Macy's Eagles. The former Pleasure Ridge Park standout took good advantage of his playing time, turning in career-high's with 4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
"It helped me a lot with my confidence," Farley said. "I'm happy Coach Pitino played me as long as he did because it's giving me a lot more experience.
Moreso than playing time, Farley said the way his teammates have started to involve him on the court is the greatest source of his improving confidence.
"It's not just the playing time that helps my confidence," Farley explained. "I felt like my teammates involved me more and they are helping me build more confidence in myself."
Farley said his earlier dismissal by Pitino has helped make him more responsible on and off the court and thinks the impact of the incident will prove positive down the road.
"I think there were positives that came out of this," Farley said. "It's help me become more responsible with getting to practice on time. It's also helped me to get more fire and play harder than I used to."
"I believe God does everything for a reason, I'm glad [to have this opportunity]."