Road Trip for RU Basketball

Three members of the Rutgers men's basketball program, guard Anthony Farmer, forward JR Inman, and assistant coach Jim Carr, recently returned from Nassau, The Bahamas after taking part in a seven-game trip with the Upstate Basketball Touring Team of New York. Both Farmer and Inman were named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team this past season and will be sophomores in 2006-07.

In addition to the Rutgers players, the Upstate roster was comprised of current players from Syracuse (Andy Rautins, Matt Gorman), Memphis (Joey Dorsey, Antonio Anderson), St. John's (Lamont Hamilton, Anthony Mason, Jr.), Virginia (JR Reynolds) and Fordham (Demetrius Phillips). Three of the games featured The Upstate Team playing The Bahamian National Team. The Upstate Basketball team compiled a perfect 7-0 record during the week of competition.

On a roster that featured balanced scoring throughout, Farmer averaged 7.6 points per game, with a game-high 14 points. He added 11 points vs. the Bahamian National Team, which was the most talented opponent the Upstate team faced. Farmer led the team in assists with 5.5 per game. Inman averaged 7.3 points per game with a game-high 11 points.

In addition to Carr, the team was coached by Fred Quartlebaum (assistant coach at St. John's) and Derek Kellogg (assistant coach at Memphis).

"This trip represented a great opportunity for Anthony and JR to face high-level competition while, at the same time, providing them with a tremendous life experience," said Carr. "It was their first time out of the United State and to be able to experience a different culture, while also improving their skills, was a win-win situation."

"It was a great experience," said Farmer. "I think the best part was interacting with my teammates. I got to know a lot of new people and we played freely and we played well together. We met a lot of wonderful people there. The food was great. I had jerk chicken for the first time. All in all, it was a great experience."

"It was a very good experience," said Inman. "The teams we competed against were very athletic. They really got up and down the floor. I thought, as teammates, we played together really well and I made a lot of new friends and established a lot of relationships. The weather was perfect and we went jet-skiing and visited some of the famous spots in the Bahamas. It was just a lot of fun."

"Events likes these are always a plus for the players who take part in them and this is something that we'd like to continue doing with our players," said Rutgers head coach Fred Hill. "JR and Anthony faced some good competition and competed alongside other high caliber players like themselves. The guys indicated they had a tremendous time and grew from the experience, both as people and basketball players."

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