Men's Basketball

Highly-Recruited Javorn Farrell Signs NLI With UMass Basketball

Derek Kellogg signed his first NLI on Tuesday: Javorn Farrell.

Derek Kellogg signed his first NLI on Tuesday: Javorn Farrell.

Nov. 12, 2008

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Derek Kellogg announced today the signing of talented Javorn Farrell, a 6-5, 180-pound swingman out of Upper Marlboro, Md. Farrell is the first signee for Kellogg, who won his coaching debut last night in the first round of the 2K Sports Classic. Farrell signs an early National Letter of Intent with the University of Massachusetts basketball program.

"We are excited to get a player and a person with the character of Javorn Farrell to join our program," said Kellogg. "Not only is he an unbelievable student and a great kid, he is going to be a great asset to our basketball program. I love his versatility as a player as he can play the four through the one position. He's a tough, physical hard-nosed player and will be physically ready to come in and help us right away. It is going to be a learning process for him like any young kid as he will have to learn how hard you have to play with the level of practice and the level of the games.

"I'm thrilled to have him coming to UMass. He comes here after playing for a great high school coach in Lou Wilson and a tremendous program at Riverdale Baptist. Javorn played for an outstanding nationally-renown AAU program, the DC Assault run by Curtis Malone. To get Javorn to sign early here with UMass and join our program is a great testament to the coaching staff and the University."

Farrell has been a star in both high school with Riverdale Baptist School and in AAU basketball with the DC Assault. With his 6-5 frame, Farrell is an athletic player who can play tough gritty defense, shoot the 3-pointer along with a very solid mid-range game. He can also slash and drive to the basket, making him an ideal player for the UMass dribble drive motion offense.

The DC Assault has produced some of the top players in the nation recently, including current Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley, the NBA's No. 2 draft pick in 2008 out of Kansas State, along with Georgetown's Austin Freeman, Duke's Nolan Smith, Syracuse's Arinze Onuaku Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham of Villanova.



Farrell was named to the All-Tournament team at the Bob Gibbons Tournament in North Carolina and helped DC Assault to the championship at The Best of the Summer Tournament in California. Farrell also was a standout at the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas over the summer gaining national attention.

In his junior year with Riverdale Baptist in 2008, Farrell was a key contributor for the 31-5 Crusaders as they were ranked third nationally in the NSCAA (National Christian School Athletic Association) polls. Farrell averaged 12.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as a junior. He was named to the NACA 2008 Boys Division I All-Tournament Team in Dayton, Ohio.

As a sophomore, Farrell was named Honorable Mention All-Met by the Washington Post in 2007 while he played for Bishop Ireton.

In the CSTV Next Generation rankings, Farrell was listed as the No. 43 prospect in the nation. He was also recruited by Virginia Tech, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, George Mason and George Washington.

Farrell celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday (Nov. 11, 1990) and is the son of Ingrid and Steve Farrell.


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