Plenty of Interest for Farmer

Yielding plenty of interest during the first week of official contact, Cleveland Heights (OH) power forward Tony Farmer should be a hot commodity for 2013.

MADISON - Since college coaches and assistants could officially begin recruiting soon-to-be high school juniors, Tony Farmer - a 6-foot-6 forward from Garfield Heights (Ohio) HS - has been receiving a lot of phone calls from college coaches.

"I've received phone calls from Wake Forest, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Purdue, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Cleveland State, Toledo and Xavier," Farmer told Badger Nation.

But while those schools called him, Farmer made the initiative to call Wisconsin on Thursday. Unable to attend the Badgers' advanced camp and still looking for an official offer from Wisconsin, Farmer is doing his best to stay in touch with head coach Bo Ryan.

"We talked about what he plans on doing with the basketball program in the next couple of years," Farmer said. "How his players are developing at Wisconsin, that he's excited about the recruits he has coming in and how he'll continue to have success on the basketball floor with his current and future players."

"I've been talking to the Wisconsin coaches often and we have developed a good relationship as well."

It's important to develop a good relationship with coaches during the recruiting process. But it's an added benefit when one of the colleges that's recruiting you has a player that went to the same high school as you did.

"I call Rob Wilson a guard for Wisconsin often," Farmer said. "He told me about the Big Ten and how its one of the best conferences in college. The practices and games are tough, and the fans are crazy. I've been to Wisconsin's campus twice and I've seen how great and how crazy the students can be."

Farmer has seen improvement in his play the past two years and he has also seen improvements in his stats as well from his freshmen to sophomore year in high school.

"My freshmen year, I averaged about 12 points and about six rebounds a game, (but) my sophomore year, I averaged around 20 points and had about 8 rebounds a game," Farmer said. "I've been working on everything in order to improve my game. If it's ball handling, shooting, defense, and rebounding I've worked on it."

Wisconsin is expected to have three scholarships available for the class of 2013 and have offered La Crosse Aquinas point guard Bronson Koenig and Ottawa (KS) HS small forward Semi Ojeleye.


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