Farrakhan’s Decision Came Down to Two

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Yesterday, around 3:00 p.m. CST, Mustapha Farrakhan announced that he would be signing a letter of intent with the University of Virginia. Farrakhan’s decision didn’t come easy – it came down to two schools – but the feeling he got from this past weekend’s official visit to UVa put the ‘Hoos over the top.

“More than anything else, everything felt comfortable for him at UVa,” said Thornton Township (Harvey, IL) Head Coach Troy Jackson. “His whole family went down there and liked what they saw. According to Mu, the decision came down to Illinois and Virginia. Staying in state was a big deal with him. He indicated at the press conference that he wished there was two of him. It was a real wrenching decision-making process for him.”

Farrakhan, a 6-3 guard who averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game last season as a junior, took official visits to Illinois, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Virginia. Illinois and UVa landed the final two official visits.

“I think the official visit to Virginia turned the tides,” Jackson said. “He had never been there before. He and his family weighed all the different things from each of the schools that he had visited. All of the schools really rolled out the red carpet. All had upside and things to brighten any recruit’s eyes.

“When he went to Virginia, he fell in love with the landscape, the atmosphere and the campus. The new arena is a state-of-the-art building. That combined with Coach Leitao’s charisma and ability to relate to his players were big factors. There is also an opportunity to play early.”

Farrakhan impressed in the AAU circuit this past off-season. He performed especially well at the NBPA and Nike camps, respectively. Coach Jackson says UVa is getting a “combo guard who can play the point.”

According to Jackson, Dave Leitao, who was the head coach at DePaul before coming to Virginia, told Farrakhan that he had noticed his play for several years.