Monday, October 2, 2017

Believe Bolsters Its Lineup With Florida Sharpshooter Farrington

Believe Academy (TN) has bolstered its lineup with the transfer of two guard Malcolm Farrington. Farrington, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound sharpshooter who played at The Conrad Academy in Orlando last season, brings an elite 3-point shooting stroke and a knack for timely shots under heightened pressure.

The Class of 2018 Farrington, who spent the summer paying special devotion to components such as agility, speed, and vertical explosiveness, boasts a 4.0 GPA. The well-built guard's combination of unique skill-set and top-notch academics have him pegged as an Ivy League/Patriot League caliber recruit.

Possessing an on-court IQ which mirrors his off the court reputation, Farrington is an under-the-radar recruit capable of piling up points in a hurry. This much was evident last season at Conrad, particularly on big stages.

On a team that featured the inside-outside tandem of hard-attacking 6-foot-4 man-child guard Luguentz Dort and a highly-lauded recruit in 6-foot-10 forward/center Austin Wiley (now at Auburn), Farrington subscribed to the niche of steady kick out shooter.

As a junior last season, Farrington pieced a number of veritable 3-point clinics that propelled the Eagles to critical victories over SIAA foes Oldsmar Christian and Potter’s House.

Farrington jump-started TCA’s offensive engine during a loss to Wesleyan Christian Academy (N.C.) in the Grind Session, shooting the rock at a scalding 6-of-7 clip in the first half.

In a season-opening 50-41 victory over eventual SIAA (FL) State Champion Oldsmar Christian, Farrington keyed a late game surge with a deep corner 3-pointer and several difficult, heavily contested shots. He wound up scoring 15 points on the strength of 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.

 In his first-ever game with Conrad during a tournament at Panama City Beach, Fla., Farrington connected on 6-of-6 from 3-point territory.

He displayed an active arsenal of pin-down screen shots from 25-30 feet, NBA 3-pointers, stepbacks, fade-aways, and contested pro level shots.

Farrington poured in 18 points during Conrad’s 81-70 victory over Tennessee Prep Academy, draining four first half 3-pointers as Conrad built an insurmountable double digit lead.

During a critical 74-70 victory at SIAA foe Potter’s House (Jacksonville, Fla.), the Florida native again morphed into the mad dagger man.
Farrington buried a trio of third quarter treys (he finished with six total) to inject life into a sputtering Conrad offense, piloting a portion of the offensive weight.

At Believe, Farrington will again crisscross the country with a strength of schedule that includes various national heavyweights. His arrival presents a reunion between Farrington and Believe Academy HS head coach Brad Traina.

Also from Florida, Traina pushed the development of Farrington and helped cultivate an advanced backcourt skill-set in him the past few years. Farrington, who played on the U.S. Virgin Islands national team, will play amongst a "who's who" of Division-I talent as Believe Prep has upgraded its roster.

Containing position-to-position power underscored by length, athleticism, interchangeability and an end-to-end attack, Believe has ramped up its recruiting. With its talent infusion, the expectation level has changed dramatically.

Believe will compete on the prestigious Grind Session, which has maximized its exposure-heavy events with a sea of reputable teams for its 2017-18 events.