If you have been following the latest from central Florida you're well aware of the national splash Rutgers' incoming recruits (class of 2005) have been making. Anthony Farmer and Jaron Griffin are now household names familiar to coaches all around the country. For those Rutgers fans fearing their incoming recruits did not have the type of public exposure more suited to their talent, they need not fear any longer.
With this latest outstanding performance, there should not be any doubt regarding the caliber of player Coach Gary Waters is bringing to Rutgers.
The New Jersey All-Stars, led by Anthony Farmer and Jaron Griffin are now Champions of the 2004 Showcase, after defeating Martin Brothers Select 83-60.
Anthony Farmer led the New Jersey All-Stars with 18 points and 6 assists. Jaron Griffin added 12 points and 8 rebounds. An important dimension to Jaron's game, the ability to rebound in traffic, will be much needed for a Scarlet Knight team currently lacking the big space eaters in the low post.
Andrew Bynum also added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the All-Stars.
After ensuring the rest of the country has taken notice of them, what can
Rutgers fans expect from their incoming recruits? "I feel I can help
Rutgers by creating on my own and helping my teammates get good shots," said
Farmer, who set up Andrew Bynum early on in the first half with a
beautiful wrap-around pass. "I also play hard-nosed defense. I am a winner. I
just like to win. I can bring that to the table."
While Farmer and Griffin and the rest of the All Stars received their awards, the Rutgers staff sat in the coaches section and just smiled. Griffin and Farmer both noticed that too.
On the bond forged between Farmer and Griffin, Scarlet Knight fans should know these two young men thoroughly enjoying each other on the court. "I love playing with Jaron," Farmer said. "He's a great player. I think in the future we will have as much success as we have had in this tournament."
Along with Gerald Inman, Rutgers is getting a class loaded with plenty of talent. All the more reason for the rest of us to smile.
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