Farley emerges in Padgett's absence

6-10 sophomore Terrance Farley has emerged as a shot blocking threat late in the 2005-06 season. He's emergence on the defensive end of the court has been one of the most pleasant surprises for Rick Pitino this season, and his recent play has been a key reason why Louisville has won two of their last three games.

Rick Pitino has to be pleased with Terrance Farley's play the past few weeks. The 6-10 sophomore center from Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park High School has emerged as a shot blocking threat around the basket and has been a key reason why Louisville has won two of their past three games.

In the Cardinals 77-70 win over Marquette Wednesday night, Farley swatted six shots in just 22 minutes of action. His emergence in David Padgett's absence late in the season has been one of the most pleasant surprises for the Cardinals.

"I think I'm progressing and getting my timing down on blocks," Farley said. "I've just had to step up my game with David out of the lineup."

With Padgett out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, Farley has stepped up to fill the void. Even before Padgett's season ended, Farley was beginning to come into his own on the court. In an overtime win over Notre Dame in late January, Farley played a key role, rejecting four shots and grabbing six boards. Against DePaul last week, Farley again impressed, swatting 3 shots and posting a career highs for points (7) and rebounds (7). He's also blocked at least one shot in five of Louisville's last seven games.

Farley said Padgett has played a big role in his development as a player.

"He took me under his wing this year," Farley said. "He tells me how to defend a certain man. He's kind of like an extra pair of eyes for me on the bench. It's like having a vocal scouting report right on the bench for me."

Farley's 22 blocked shots this season rank second on the team behind only David Padgett's 35. Now, Farley is ready to keep the positive momentum going forward next week at the Big East Tournament in New York.

"We didn't want to be the team remembered for not making the Big East Tournament," he said.


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