Monday, October 17, 2016

TCA's Farrington Possesses Ivy Caliber Potential

Hailing from the same regal recruiting breeding grounds that has produced Brandon Knight, Kobie Eubanks, Joel Berry, Trent Frazier and myriad others, The Conrad Academy guard Malcolm Farrington possesses both the IQ and the experience factor.

Now the Palm Beach County native will look to offer scoring, vastly improved on-the-ball defense and poise in an absolute pressure cooker of a conference: the prospect-packed SIAA.

After averaging 15.0 PPG as a sophomore at Central High-Fort Pierce and playing a prominent role on the U-18 Virgin Islands national team, Farrington's game has expanded rapidly these last 12 months.

 After playing sparingly as a freshman at Dwyer, Farrington was catapulted into meaningful minutes as a sophomore. He shot the ball at a 51 percent clip.

In incorporating a defensive pest approach into his game and becoming more aggressive in hunting for his shot, the 6-foot-3 guard will look to rack up interest.

He didn't take long to register a perimeter presence with the newly-minted program, either.

During the team's weekend tournament in Panama City, Fla., Farrington connected on 6-for-6 from beyond the arc in a six-point loss to Ahtlete's Institute.

He hit eight of his first 10 in the tournament, which witnessed TCA struggle to find consistent offense and fluid ball movement.

Led by Florida and Louisville target Luguentz Dort, TCA will need a steady 3-point threat.

TCA coach Shaun Wiseman hopes Farrington's pre-season debut is a portent of what's to come.

"My coaches have always just preached to me, 'push the ball, keep the tempo, and if you're open shoot," said Farrington, who holds a 3.7 GPA and has aspirations to attain a 4.0 this semester.

"Scoring, passing, pushing the tempo, that's my role on this year's team. Really, my goal is to help the team win in any way I can and beyond that gain some scholarship offers and eventually go to school for free."

With the aforementioned 3.7 GPA and a steady diet of challenging courses, academics have long been first and foremost for Farrington.

"My parents always pushed me to do well in the classroom," Farrington said.

"If I wasnt done my homework I wasn't able to do anything else. So, that mentality of getting work done and having no other option besides academic success, it stuck with me."

Instrumental in pushing Farrington's development has been Brad Traina. Traina, who starred at UCF and is now coaching at TCA, helped sell him on the opportunity to grow his game against a national schedule in Orlando.

Farrington hopes, when it is all said and done, to be sifting through a bevy of Ivy League and Patriot League offers.

That is where the bar is set fairly for the young man.

He also wants to represent for South Florida and Palm Beach County, where there's a desire hope for basketball to help put basketball on the same plane as football.

"Basketball really is a big deal back home," said Farrington, rattling off a list of high-profile recruits from the area.

"A lot of guys have come out of the area and I expect that trend to continue."