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Farmer signs with Arkansas State

Thursday, November 11, 2004

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Ashton Farmer
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Ashton Farmer of Charleston, Mo., answered the phone feeling a little under the weather with a case of mononucleosis.

Arkansas State is hoping the 6-foot-5 swingman can be a healthy shot in the arm for the Indians next year.

Farmer, a basketball and football standout at Charleston High signed Wednesday to play basketball at ASU, along with Buffalo Island Central standout guard Brandon Ballard, giving the Indians two signees on the first day of the early signing period.

"When I came for my visit, I appreciated the way they made me feel at home," Farmer said. "The coaches just brought me in and made me feel real at home. They told me how it was -- straight up and no gimmicks."

Coached by his father Danny, Farmer averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds, helping lead Charleston to a third-place finish in the state last year.

Farmer spent the summer with the St. Louis Eagles' AAU team, along with North Carolina commitment Tyler Hansbrough. Farmer averaged 6.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and shot 62.5 percent from the floor as the Eagles went 2-3 at the 2004 Peach Jam in July. He scored 11 points and pulled down 5 rebounds in a loss to YOMCA Team of Memphis and added 11 points and 9 boards in a victory over the Illinois Warriors.

Farmer also started as a wide receiver-tight end for Charleston, hauling in 33 catches for 484 yards and 3 touchdowns. But due to his illness, he will be unable to play in tonight's sectionals. He said he would just focus on basketball at ASU, where he likes the way the Indians' guards work the floor.

"Oh yeah, I like how they have the big guards out on the wing," Farmer said. "I believe I can play early if I go up there and work hard."

Farmer was also impressed with ASU's academics and said he was interested in majoring in sales marketing.

"I talked to the Dean and one of the professors and they told me how good the academics were," Farmer said.