Anthony Farmer discusses the season to date

In the midst of a tough season for the Scarlet Knights, Anthony Farmer has had his best season. SOR sits down with the Rutgers point guard to discuss his campaign thus far.

Anthony Farmer has adjusted very well since his freshman year to the speed and demands presented by Big East competition. His hard work during the off season is quite apparent and he is proving it by his play on the court. The team started out sluggishly this year, seemed to be out of sync at times, but has managed to step it up each week where they are beginning to flow as a unit offensively while continuing to play outstanding team defense. Rutgers has shown flashes of brilliance on the court, coming up big in a few games this year while also throwing a handful of scares into a few “big name” teams.

Anthony feels “we have the makings of a real good team. It’s a matter of us finally coming together and understanding each other, we are becoming a more cohesive unit during a game.” “The team is growing. The players as a group are becoming more capable in what they are asked to do, as everybody has come together as one.” “We all know each other better, we know what each player can do and our job is to execute the best we can.”

Getting on the same page seemed to be the byword. “As we got to know each other, and each other’s capabilities, no one feels the need to do it all.”

Anthony says that playing roles within the team have not changed and the philosophy of the team really has not changed. “We have good young talent. We have the makings to put it all together and sometimes it might get the best of us, but our confidence is growing as we practice and play together.”

Rutgers this season has had the disadvantage of playing and practicing with four open scholarships. With the recent loss of post players 6’7” Ollie Bailey, 6’6” Zach Gibson, 6’10” Dan Waterstradt and now reserve guard Courtney Nelson to academic probation, I asked Anthony how this has affected the current team. He says “it definitely puts a strain on the team as we try and prepare for games each week. It limits putting together different combinations of players, offensive sets and having them work against the same type of quality competition. It’s very tough. We want to run varying offensive sets and switches, but coach feels uncomfortable introducing them when we are faced with such a depth problem under the boards. You don’t have the fresh legs and our post players are asked to do a lot. They build screens, set picks, pass and shoot, let alone defending and rebounding.”

He feels the addition of the three new players along with “another possible fourth” will “inject more energy and talent to the team. It will allow for deeper rotations and additional offensive and defensive sets”. Anthony feels that “Hamady is coming along and is just now getting there. He has a ton of potential and is on the edge of becoming one heck of a player.”

The prospects for next season are what many fans are placing their hopes on and Anthony doesn't disagree. “We’ll have a far more experienced team next year, with deeper talent, more shooters and some new bangers”. “I’m looking forward to it and I think we can be real good and surprise a lot of people. Fred Hill is going to make us real good, real fast. He’s getting it done.”

The look on his face, the confidence in his voice, belief in his coach, combined with what he feels is an excellent incoming class leads me to believe that the best is yet to come.

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