Tommy Amaker’s Harvard operation added a 2017 recruit on Friday. Small forward Reed Farley made the decision to commit to join the Crimson men’s hoops team.
Labeled a two-star recruit by ESPN, Farley visited Harvard today and committed on the spot. He only took one visit during what turned out to be a simple recruiting tour, per 247Sports.com. Since Ivy League schools cannot offer athletic scholarships, Farley did not receive a Division I offer but will trek to the nation’s most prestigious academic hub and do so from about as far away as possible in the continental United States.
From La Jolla, Calif., which is a San Diego suburb, Farley is coming off a junior season where he regularly filled up box scores for La Jolla High School. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound forward averaged 14.6 points per game — scoring a season-high 27 in a December 2015 game that also featured him grabbing 10 rebounds — to go along with 6.2 boards per night and chipped in 6.3 assists in 30 games for the Vikings last season. Farley averaged a career-best 16.5 ppg, according to MaxPreps.com, as a sophomore.
ESPN tabs Farley as a glue-type player who has a solid mid-range game to go with proficient defensive skills, although the recruiting wing of the network’s website points out he’ll need to sharpen up his ball-handling skills against pressure defenders.
Harvard has been the most consistent Ivy League outfit since Amaker arrived in 2007. The former Seton Hall and Michigan coach guided the Crimson to four straight NCAA tournaments — including two victories in first-round games in 2013 and ’14, respectively — from 2011-14 and a six-season stretch of 20-plus-win slates.
Harvard fell to 14-16 last season, however, and finished fourth in the Ivy League standings.