A new 2011 name surfaces: Evanston forward James Farr

  • 03/04/2011 9:40 am in

There’s a new 2011 name to keep tabs on: 6-9 Evanston (IL) forward James Farr.

Dave Spahn, a writer for Slam Magazine, tweeted last night that Tom Crean checked out Farr earlier this week and Mike Pegram of Peegs.com tweeted that Farr was in attendance for last night’s game against Wisconsin.

Farr was indeed in Assembly Hall on Thursday night and offered this review of his trip to Bloomington to ChicagoHoops.com:

“The visit to Indiana was amazing. The campus was huge. The school and arena had a great atmosphere and I could tell every studentĀ I saw truly loved Indiana University.”

According to the brief story on ChicagoHoops, Farr is considering Xavier, Virginia, Boise State, Ball State, Illinois State and Nevada. His senior season at Evanston ended on Tuesday with a 58-51 loss to Schaumburg in the Class 4A regional semifinal. Farr finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

ESPN ranks him the 109th best power forward in the class and calls him a “mobile, aggressive and skilled power forward” that can create matchup problems. There’s also this YouTube video from Daniel Poneman:

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  • Anonymous

    Sort of like Nankivil and Leuer…or just about any big that goes to Wisconsin. I’m on board with McGary as well. Hollowell and McGary to round out 2012 would be just fine with me.

  • Kelin Blab

    I love the fact that Crean is still trying to get this team better, we have gone through plenty for the 2011 class (J.Davis, BJ Young, Pitchford, Amayo) why not give this kid a look. From the You Tube clips I can see….

    + Has a nice nice shot for a big guy
    + Has a body you can put weight good weight on and still be mobile
    + He is long, but doesn’t seem Sheehey explosive
    + I have heard the watford comparisons, I can see it a little but I will take the 16ppg as a sophomore.
    + Seems to be willing to go to the glass
    + Is an offensive upgrade from Capo, Pritch, and maybe Elston, although DE had a nice H.S. game

    I did hear my fav Dakich today say IU needs a fast pg or a big that can spread the floor or a BIG BIG about 270.

  • Kelin Blab

    IU is not recruiting McGary anymore…per ith

  • Kelin Blab

    I am an IU fan, so not to be harsh but I will cheer for the kids on the floor come midnight madness. As long as Danny Moore doesn’t transfer that is all I care about.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Thanks for saving me keystrokes.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    I actually really like the idea of getting Anifiok. The dude look like he would be a jackhammer against zone defenses, instead of starring at them like a deer stuck in the median at rush hour.

  • Anonymous

    In addition to checking out more info on Farr, I’m extremely interested to know more about Aniefiok. I don’t buy the “top-ten talent” hyperbole but too many good signs for him to be all hype.

  • Anonymous

    like mentioned before………..if a kid is a good defender then it’s a great place to start

  • eph521

    I’m not sure you can say any player is “carrying” a team when that team only wins 3 games in their conference.

  • Casey B.

    This question is hilariously timed. Chandler was just ejected from his sectional game for throwing punches during an altercation. That’s right – he thought it’d be a good idea to attempt to fight during high school playoffs.

    That is EXACTLY why we “let” him go to Central Florida. And it’s exactly why I’m glad Crean is here to run a clean program with integrity.

  • Q95

    from this point forward, please don’t bore with comparisons to past or present stars and footage of thunderous slams. the quality i am most interested in is…CAN THEY DEFEND??? i have such a good feeling about ron patterson and what he will do to create defensive intensity on this team.

  • Anonymous

    I think we all agree with the addition of either a fast point guard or a BIG BIG, the only problem is sometimes those big bigs are DeAndre Thomas.

  • Kelin Blab

    As far as I know I don’t think IU is recruiting DSR anymore. I could be wrong and I am not totally sure where DSR would fit at this point. Love em’ just not sure where he will fit.

  • Kelin Blab

    As far as I know I don’t think IU is recruiting DSR anymore. I could be wrong and I am not totally sure where DSR would fit at this point. Love em’ just not sure where he will fit.

  • Anonymous

    All the points y’all make on this kid are valid, but he looks long, and pretty athletic and that is something you can never have to much of- on the floor, or the bench.But the biggest point FOR getting this kid is he is an Illinois kid. Just imagine if he turned out to be something special how upset little Brucey Weber would be.It would show that not only is Crean taking over Indiana recruiting, but if he wants he’ll take all the good players from Illinois as well.
    Another thing going for this kid is he is flying under the radar, and sometimes guys like that have a will to succeed just to prove everyone else wrong. They work harder, practice more and are more coachable then other players that already think they’re great.All we need from our post is rebounding and blocked shots, athleticism can give you that, not flat-footed hands in your back-pockets defense that we have now. If you are 6’8″ or taller and can play multiple games 25-30+ minutes and only manage 2 rebounds per then I believe upgrades are needed.

  • Dannon Brown

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdKqmTOonoI

    i like the kid. nothing about him says superstar, but he appears to have some natural shot blocking ability. the 2nd play on this video is a standing leap for an above the rim rebound. That alone is something we need!!!! He is long and above average as an athelete and has (by short clips) a pretty darn good mid range game which will cause trouble for zone defenses. In my mind he is the kind of kid that can be a stud given 3 yrs of college ball and weightlifting.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ29w_JVkew&feature=related

  • Anonymous

    I am much happier with these clips than with the highlight clip originally embedded. Good to see him blocking shots, boxing out, and a few (limited) post-ups. He didn’t do a great job boxing out on a few rebounds but there was nothing about the original clip that said to me that the kid likes to rebound or defend, so this was good to see.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    If we’re going to bring in another 2011 recruit it needs to be a guy that size who is a high flier athlete and that kid looks like another CWat. We don’t need another average athlete on the floor with what we have. We need Perea! And if there’s not a Perea type (athletic ability) out there then why bring in another guy who’s gonna have the exact same game as another player on the team. He doesn’t look lightning quick for his size and it doesn’t look like he’s that quick of a leaper for his size so he’s not going to instantly improve our defense in the post.

    If it was up to me I’d only go after a guy who can immediately help with interior defense (kind of like CTC tried to do with GMM) or a guy who is an incredible scorer. Obviously a PG would be desirable but there’s just not anyone out there. If we can’t get someone who can help next year then why pick someone up who’s just gonna end up playing behind the 2012 guys who can help right away?

    Just my thought.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Pritchard looked better the first half of his freshman year! I’m telling everyone that you just have to wait until Mr. Zeller steps on the court next fall and we’ll see a TP who can really help this team. He’ll be able to play his role then and that role will be a guy who rebounds, plays good D, and averages 6-7 ppg off mostly put backs and dunks from open dishes.

    Capo and Elston have sucked so I’ll go with you on that one! Nobody can argue this year that TP has hurt this team. He’s had a lot of good games and way less games in foul trouble. He even did a nice job on JJ against PUke when he was on him alone in the post.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Pritchard looked better the first half of his freshman year! I’m telling everyone that you just have to wait until Mr. Zeller steps on the court next fall and we’ll see a TP who can really help this team. He’ll be able to play his role then and that role will be a guy who rebounds, plays good D, and averages 6-7 ppg off mostly put backs and dunks from open dishes.

    Capo and Elston have sucked so I’ll go with you on that one! Nobody can argue this year that TP has hurt this team. He’s had a lot of good games and way less games in foul trouble. He even did a nice job on JJ against PUke when he was on him alone in the post.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    That’s exactly what I thought while watching the video! Are we going to have two guys next year who are too weak to guard a 4 and too slow to guard a 3?

    He looks like a left handed CWat.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    That’s exactly what I thought while watching the video! Are we going to have two guys next year who are too weak to guard a 4 and too slow to guard a 3?

    He looks like a left handed CWat.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Not necessarily man! That’s what you fail to realize. He could just come in and be exactly like those guys you just named which only jams up the scholarship situation and gives us little more than 5 extra fouls. We already have that on the bench in Jeff Howard. I’m sure he can come in and foul five times.

    I think what most of us are saying is that kid doesn’t look like an ATHLETE. Sure he has a nice shot but so did Elston. He’s left handed, but so was Pritchard. He’s 6’8″ – 6’9″ but so was Capo.

    I think CTC had the right idea when he rolled the dice on GMM. 7’1″ and 270 lbs. brings something different from the guys we have even if it’s just size. CTC needs to look for a guy who is either huge, or 6’7″-6’8″ who can jump out of the gym! That’s what would help this team. We need a shot blocker in the paint or a guy who can really fly!

    Any 6’9″ player isn’t necessarily going to help us if they’re just more of the same so your philosophy is flawed. This kid isn’t a post player either! Did you see him make one traditional back to the basket move?

  • Jsmith

    We need to get a JUCO power forward and that’s that. Since we lost out on Michel I like the idea of having a JUCO who is already physically developed and will only use up a scholarship for two years. Any ideas if we are in on any guys like this for the 2011 class?

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Alex doesn’t like to talk transfers but it’s almost a guarantee that someone is leaving at the end of the year. I wouldn’t take this kid if it was that last scholly for 2012 and we couldn’t go after a Harris or Hollowell, but if 1-2 guys leave and there’s room then I guess I wouldn’t mind.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    If it gets worse I’m jumping off a very tall building!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I think that’s a mistake. McGary is the type player who could really add something to the team and that 2012 class. Right now you have a:

    PG – Yogi
    SG – Buss
    SF – Perea
    C – Jurkin

    There’s plenty of athletes there but no “enforcer”. There’s not a banger on that list and McGary would fit the bill and he has ball skills to go with that size and attitude.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Do we have room in the married dorms for all his sister-wives?

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    NO WAY!!! He is too slow and just does not jump well at all! He’s just a left-handed, slightly more tan version of Elston! He swats down when he’s blocking shots which will get him called for a foul every time and he failed to block out 50% of the time at least!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    There are a few JUCO bigs that are fliers! Here’s just a few I was able to find:

    1) Karron Johnson
    2) Stan Simpson
    3) Philip Jurick – back on the board and a huge banger!
    4) Cheikh Mbodji – is interesting
    5) James Watson – interesting
    6) Adrick McKinney – probably not good enough for Big Ten but athletic
    7) Melvyn Oliver has lost a lot of weight and is very interesting

    So, are there JUCO bigs out there with upside? The answer is yes, but are any of them good enough to play in the Big Ten? Maybe?

  • Anonymous

    All of this is really just speculation on the scholly #’s. For one we don’t know who, if any or how many, will transfer. Also the only sure commits we have so far are Zeller and Etherington. All other recruits are subject to re-opening their recruitment. You have to take these verbals as intent to come but nothing is set in stone until they sign their letter of intent. So to be talking about the moves to make now because there has to be room for Lyles and Blackmon in ’14 or whatever the scenario is kind of silly because a lot can happen in the next year or two.

  • Anonymous

    Not to contradict what I just posted but also I believe the rule is that you are allowed to over-sign for one year but not consecutive years. Just a thought to keep in mind. If I am incorrect please let me know.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    This team really, really needs a player like John Henson at UNC. He’s doubled his ppg, rpg, and bpg from his freshman year to sophomore year and he’s leading the team in rebounding at like 9.2 rpg. He’s also blocking 3.2 shots per game!

    That’s what IU needs desperately!!!

  • Anonymous

    We need to get players that will help in our weakest areas. I would say perimeter defense is the biggest weakness of this team. Granted there are a lot of weaknesses that could be argued here but losing J.R. is really going to expose our already weak perimeter defense. With that being said it would help to have that being coached as well.

  • stonaroni

    Offer him, ink him and get him in camp. 6’9″ inch frame, great trunk and legs. This kid has a great, smooth release and is 100% late bloomer. Give him a year and he will fill out his chest and shoulders. Teach him to bang in the paint.

    I like this kid on video and think he will only get stronger, quicker and faster. He is under the radar and a 4 year kid. A guy like him can secure the paint and allow zeller more freedom on the floor. HP and PJ with Farr and Zeller would give us a lot of girth and talent in the post.

    Make it happen CTC, we need interior help now!

  • stonaroni

    Hanner will never be a SF, he has no floor game or touch to play the #3; he is a true PF.

  • Dannon Brown

    You are correct to an extenet, he is very similar to elston but is much longer….. at 6’9 with that wing span he might as well be 6’11. He is a better floor option (based on little knowledge) than Elston and Capo. And i am an Elston fan, he just helps with what we lack and that is rebounding and blocking. We have seen his shot, it looks good. Kid averages 15pts and 13 rebounds……… he has the ability to add muscle and leaping ability. I am not saying he is a savior, but i like this kid in an IU uniform right now. As far as the future goes, we lose DE, CW,Capo and Pritch by 2012….. we have perea and jurkin and CZ coming in, we will need some more size. This kid as a sophmore will in my mind be a good player for IU.

  • SearchforSix

    I was thinking about Wisconsin too – and Illinois bigs are doing to us today. But, I was also thinking about the 2002 team – we were a mismatch nightmare – we were so long and stretched the court – Odle, Jeffries, Newton, etc were nightmares to match up with…and we haven’t had that type of length since

  • SearchforSix

    I think there is a sense that we have the size coming in, but I’m not sold on Jurkin. Can we bank on just CZ, HP, and PJ? I think you always need 4 bigs. The last I read we offered McGary for ’11 but not yet for ’12 – somebody transferring could allow us to offer for ’12 as well. I haven’t read anything that indicates we stopped recruiting him, and I’m on ITH and Peegs several times a day.

  • N71

    Agree. If he adds more weight maybe he is the banger we’re wanting. He’s clearly a rebounding shot blocker but can he move people off the block?

  • Anonymous

    Did you see what Chandler did last night? THAT is why we didn’t sign him. Still can’t believe Calipari let him get away!

  • Anonymous

    I do….I watched videos of them. Capo was an aggressive banger that played with force and I watched Pritch play on ESPN in a game and he stepped out and hit elbow jumpers and played aggressively. I only believe because I saw brochacho. Pritch led his team to a state final after Delvon Roe went down with an injury.

  • Anonymous

    As to #2 Stan Simpson. I watched him play about a month ago and I couldn’t have come away more unimpressed.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously, you have a different opinion of talent then most of our fans….Capo a “banger”? yeah, that fits him perfectly!

  • Anonymous

    Does running a clean program with integrity mean we have to be the laughing stock of college basketball?

  • Anonymous

    Watch the videos of him in high school…obviously he’s not a banger now, but that’s the entire point of what I am saying. You can’t judge a guy by his videos you see of a high school game. Get a “clue” before you start insulting my post and putting dumb things in quotes.