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In his senior season at Thornton Township (Harvey, IL), Mustapha Farrakhan is averaging 22 points, six assists and four rebounds per game in leading the varsity basketball squad to a 16-4 record on the year. Farrakhan, who had some excellent performances in the AAU circuit this past off-season, has carried the momentum he built last summer into his final year of high school.
“He is more of a complete player,” Thornton Township head coach Troy Jackson said of Farrakhan, who averaged 17 points, four rebounds and close to four assists per game his junior season. “Not only can he shoot from the outside, but he’s getting to the basket better. And he’s become the team leader. His maturity has gotten better.”
Coach Jackson has been using the 6-3, 170-pound Farrakhan as a two guard, but a position change could be in order as the postseason tournaments approach.
“He is playing the two, but, since we are getting closer to the regional and state championships, I probably will put him more at the point,” Jackson said. “It will put more pressure on him to create for his teammates, but I think he can do it.”
Jackson not only feels that Farrakhan has the potential to play either guard position on the next level, but he feels that his star could be a future star in the ACC.
“He definitely has point guard skills,” Jackson said. “He’s still filling out. Right now he is on the thin side physically, but Mu has the chance to be really special. His upside is tremendous. His body hasn’t filled out yet. As he gets stronger at UVa and learns the system there, I think the sky is the limit.”
Playing in the ACC excites Farrakhan, who signed with UVa over offers from two Big 10 schools – Illinois an Penn State – as well as SEC member Vanderbilt.
“He is excited about going to the ACC,” Jackson said. “It’s a great conference filled with a lot of potential pro prospects. He gets to play with a great coach like Coach Leitao. The opponents he will go against everyday have pro potential. He gets to compete against teams like Duke with Coach K.”
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