Farmer Hits a career high in loss to Rider

Rutgers Junior point guard hit a career high 18 points against in-state rival Rider. However, it was not enough to defeat the visiting Broncos. Farmer discusses the game and the season with SOR.

Leading the point for Rutgers this year is junior guard Anthony Farmer. After getting a chance to talk to him, it can be seen that he's the right man for the job.

"My goal this year is to get to the postseason," Farmer said. "I enjoyed getting the chance to play in March and I just want to go back and to get that experience playing in March. It's a great feeling."

To get to March, every college basketball player's dream, the guard out of St. Augustine Prep in Millville, N.J. knows that everyone on the team has to chip in to make it happen.

"As a team it's a collective effort," Farmer said. "We all have the same goals, so we have to just keep striving. We can't look past Manhattan and the Big East is coming up so we have to do our work there to get to March."

Against Rider, Farmer was able to shine leading the team with a career high 18 points and shot the ball well in a game where Rutgers shot the ball poorly as a team.

"I take what comes to me offensively," he said. "If I can attack inside I take that, if I can hit mid range I take that, if I'm open for a three I take that."

That seemed to be the case against the Broncs as he shot 6-13 from the field and went 2-4 from three-point land. None of the shots forced, just selective aggression from Farmer.

He leads all returning players in minutes played, assists, steals and three-point field goal percentage. As a player with that much mileage in the tank, he was asked what was his most memorable game in a Scarlet Knight uniform.

"The Villanova game here my freshman year even though we came up short," Farmer said. "The game went to double overtime and I think that was one of the greatest experiences I've had."

On what makes him a good player, Farmer said, "I'm Steady, a thinker, a leader out there on the floor. I'm an extension of my coach as point guard."

Farmer's favorite place to place is the Carrier Dome, home of the Syracuse Orange. "That place is crazy," he said. "I just love the atmosphere there, besides the RAC obviously."

His least favorite place to play is home of the Golden Domers. "Probably Notre Dame," Rutgers court general said. "The fans are on top of you. You hear all the screaming and yelling, all the shouts. They have some interesting things to say to you."

Farmer is a big fan of the NBA with his favorite basketball team being the Denver Nuggets and his favorite player being "The Answer", Allen Iverson. He loves that Iverson comes to play everyday and that even though he isn't the biggest player on the court, he has the biggest heart. Farmer said Iverson is simply a competitor.

Being a leader on the court as the point guard and all about the team, it isn't suprising that Farmer said the NBA player he resembles the most is one of the best clutch playoff performers in the game today.

"Chauncey Billups," he said. "He always says why not. I'm not as big as him, but I have good strength. He's a big playmaker, always into the game, very clutch."

While Farmer's career numbers won't smack you in the face when you read the box score, his play on the court would put a smile on the face of any basketball purist.


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