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Mustapha Farrakhan , a 6-3 guard out of Thornton Township (Harvey, IL), has set an official visit with Virginia on the weekend of November 11th. He has made two official visits already – to Penn State and Vanderbilt, respectively – and is heading to Illinois this weekend for another.
“He really enjoyed both visits,” Thornton Township Head Coach Troy Jackson said of Farrakhan’s visits to Penn State and Vanderbilt. “He is going on an official to Illinois this weekend. And he’s definitely going to Virginia.”
As a junior last season, Farrakhan averaged 18 points per game. Coach Jackson uses his standout as a combo guard, a player who primarily plays shooting guard but who can play point guard as well. Farrakhan worked hard this off-season to improve his overall game and did just that, turning in good performances at the NBPA and Nike camps earlier this year.
“First of all, he’s a great person,” Jackson said of Farrakhan. “He is a good character. He comes from a very strong family structure, with his Mom and Dad and sisters. He is a terrific student and a great basketball talent. He can play the point guard or the two guard for a Division 1 school. He has great three-point touch. Shooting has always been his forte, but he has developed an ability to get to the basket through hard work and dedication.”
Illinois has recently stepped up its recruitment. What is Farrakhan’s reaction to the new high interest from the Illini?
“It is the home school,” Jackson said. “It is always an honor when a state school shows interest in you. He feels very honored.”
What is Farrakhan looking for in his school of choice?
“He will look at the college life, the coaches, the academic staff, basically just a place where he can mature and grow to be a productive person,” Jackson said. “He wants a situation where people really care about him. He wants a place where he can go an fit in and be able to contribute.”
Jackson speculates that a decision will come soon after Farrakhan’s official to UVa.
“I personally feel that he will announce after his visit to Virginia,” Jackson said.
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