…now there’s a strategy I hadn’t thought of.
From the Orlando Sentinel on the recruitment of UCLA’s star hoopster, Jordan Farmar:
Three years ago, Jordan Farmar spent a weekend at the University of Florida. Former Gators G Anthony Roberson hosted him, and when Farmar left, he seemed intent on returning to Gainesville for his college career.
Funny then that when Florida played against UCLA on Monday night in the national championship game, Farmar emerged from the other sideline to start at point guard for the Bruins.
"I’m happy for Jordan," Florida Coach Billy Donovan said. "He’s gotten a lot better as a basketball player, as I knew he would. He’s a hard-working kid."
Farmar, who grew up in Los Angeles and attended Taft High School there, shied away from UCLA after turmoil there led to the dismissal of then-head coach Steve Lavin. But when the school hired Ben Howland, he made recruiting Farmar and fellow guard Arron Afflalo a top priority.
Howland says he met with Farmar, Farmar’s mother and his high school coach on the first day NCAA rules allow and promised an opportunity to start at guard.
"I begged him," Howland said. "Begged him. Groveled with him."
The last-ditch effort paid off. After choosing UCLA over UF and Gonzaga, Farmar has blossomed into a star, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors this season.
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I guess sometimes it comes to that, doesn’t it…