April 25, 2013

Farris to go Lumberjackin'

Kevin McCarthy

10 minutes. Just under six miles. That's the time and distance McKinleyville High's Parker Farris will be changing to as he enters the collegiate ranks.

photo of Parker Farris

The 6-foot-4 sharpshooter is moving to Coach Steve Kinder and the Humboldt State University (HSU) program. This after a senior season in which his efforts earned him Humboldt Del Norte Big 5 all-star honors as selected by the league's coaches as well as placement on the Humboldt Del Norte First Team by the Times-Standard newspaper.

So why the Lumberjacks?

“Humboldt State is one of the better teams in the [California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)] conference and with a lot of good players. By far, they have the best and most fans for DII, selling out all the time,” he explained.

The HSU men's basketball program has won 11 conference championships in 13 years, Lumberjack Arena seats 2,000 and is filled every game, attracting more fans than a number of DI schools in northern California.

Farris is looking at moving around on the court as the Humboldt State coaches have talked of him playing the one, two and three spots.

When asked during his visit about what positions he envisioned himself playing, Farris answered “the two and the three.” A what-about-the-one query came forth and he readily agreed. He's competitive enough that manning the four and five frontcourt positions probably would have drawn an affirmative answer.

There already is a dose of familiarity as Farris knows the campus and especially the basketball playing facilities, having spent hours in the latter beginning with his high school sophomore season.

His immediate goals are ambitious.

To the team, “I'll help with the chemistry and I already know where guys like to get the ball. Plus, I want to earn CCAA Freshman of the Year and Honorable Mention All League status.”

But between now and his officially starting up at Humboldt State the plan is “I want to get bigger and stronger.”

Humboldt State did suffer an off season in 2012-13 but the addition of Farris will make the return trip back to the upper echelon both smoother and quicker.