6'10 Terrence Farley talks to ITV
6'10 junior center Terrence Farley from Pleasure Ridge Park High School spoke with ITV before last night's game vs. the Doss Dragons at the Louisville Invitation Tournament.
Farley, ITV's #1 ranked junior big man in Kentucky played well against the Dragons last night. Farley scored 12 points on 4-7 shooting from the floor and made 4-4 free throws. Farley also pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked 5 shots despite sitting much of the first half with foul trouble.
Farley's a great kid and has vast potential to be an excellent player at the high division one level. He'll need to get a lot stronger and learn to stay out of foul trouble. He'll often draw fouls because he's over aggressive at the defensive end and picks up quick fouls attempting to block shots in the lane.
But his strengths are numerous. He runs the court like a deer and has good athleticism around the basket. He's fundamentally sound, a testament to Coach Dale Mabrey's excellence. He can step out on the floor and knock down the 15 footer and last night made 4-4 free throws and not one touched the rim! He has a great release and his shot has ideal arch and rotation.
And last night he showed a deft up and under move that I hadn't seen from him before. In fact, the move was so impressive that I almost jumped out of my press row seat and gave him a high five. He did miss the shot after making the move, but pulled down his own miss and layed it back in.
On the high school level, Farley's an excellent rebounder, particularly on the offensive end. He gets lots of points off the offensive glass and outlets well off the defensive boards.
Back to the interview. Before the game, Farley and I talked for several minutes before he had his ankle taped by the LIT head trainer.
Several weeks ago, Farley severely sprained his right ankle that kept him out of a couple of games. He said the ankle is feeling fine now and that he felt it was completely healed at this point.
Farley said his team really got along well and they had a great bunch of guys this year. Farley also said he was gaining more and more confidence in his own game and has been really concentrating on staying out of foul trouble.
Farley listed his top three schools as UofL, UK and UC. He said he had spoken with both Tubby Smith and Rick Pitino and receives lots of mail from different colleges every day. Kansas has also shown considerable interest in recent weeks.
Make no mistake, UofL is the clear cut leader if a scholarship is offered. According to Farley, "My family are all big UofL fans....and UofL has always been my favorite team." Farley explained the situation more clearly, "My family would disown me if I didn't like UofL," Farley said half jokingly.
Farley said he keeps in touch with current UofL student basketball manager Matt Morris, a former PRP player himself.
Farley made it clear in our conversation last night that he wants to stay at home and play for the Cards if the opportunity presents itself.
Farley will play with PRP again this AAU season and is hoping for an invite to the prestigious Adidas ABCD next July. Farley also told ITV that he played on a summer team with 6'8 Western High standout Guy Ngarndi and is looking forward to PRP's upcoming game against Ngarndi and the Warriors. He even knew the exact date of the game!
Farley said he currently has a 3.0 GPA and received a 16 on his first attempt on the ACT. He said he would take the test again soon and expected a much high score the next time.