Friday night, Harlem’s Dylan Farmer scored 16 points, including a pull-up jumper and a pair of free throws in overtime that helped the Bulldogs get past Greenbrier.
Farmer, the Bulldogs’ top 3-point shooter in 2011, didn’t score from behind the arc, but took what the defense gave him. That fits his style of play.
“Just let the game come to you and don’t try to do too much,” said Farmer., who has been on the varsity team since he was a ninth-grader. Harlem coach Kim Chambers said Farmer was thrown into the fire.
“Because at that time also, Grovetown came up, so he played point guard for us the first year,” said Chambers. “That was a rough experience as a ninth-grader, us putting him through that. We’ve watched him grow and grow. Thank goodness, I mean for him, that we got a couple of other point guards that came in and he got to go play his natural position, which is shooting guard.”
Basketball has been in Farmer’s blood for a long time.
“I got into it when I was a little kid,” said Farmer. “My dad got me into it. He was a basketball player when he was little. I just wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
And he loves everything about the game.
“It’s the feeling you get when you make a shot, the feeling you get when you win, the feeling you get when you lose and know you need to get better,” Farmer said. “It’s the opportunity it gives you in life. Just everything.”
Being one of three seniors, Farmer is a team leader.
“I knew I had to step up and be the leader of this team,” said Farmer, “Be the vocal leader on the court. Make sure people are where they are supposed to be.”
Chambers has seen Farmer grow into the role.
“He knows what we expect so he’s able to lead the younger kids who are coming in now and tell them and kind of show them the ropes and how it goes,” said Chambers. “At practice at times, when people start playing around, he’s the guy who’s going to get them straight, get them going again and make sure they’re staying in line.”
While he would like to play college basketball, Farmer is getting practical experience for what he wants to do in life with his senior project on coaching high school basketball. He gets in his hours running drills during the week under Chambers’ tutelage.
‘‘He’s my mentor,” said Farmer of Chambers. “I think it’s going good so far. I’ve always wanted to be a coach, just in case I didn’t make it as a player. Stay in the game of basketball somehow.”
Chambers thinks his future as a coach looks promising.
“Dylan knows what’s going on,” Chambers said. “I could have him be my assistant next year. We’ll wait four or five years and let him come back.”