PISCATAWAY, NJ – Four top-rated high school basketball players, three who play scholastically in New Jersey and one standout from the state of Michigan, have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Rutgers University for head coach Gary Waters, it was announced today.
The 2004-05 Rutgers recruiting class is comprised of:
Anthony Farmer, 6-2, 185, Guard (St. Augustine’s Prep/Millville, NJ)
Zack Gibson, 6-9 ½, 205, Forward/Center (Grand Blanc Community HS/Grand Blanc, MI)
Jaron Griffin, 6-7, 205 Forward (Manchester Regional HS/Manchester, NJ)
Gerald “JR” Inman, 6-9, 200 forward (Pomona, NY/St. Joseph’s Regional HS, Montvale, NJ)
Anthony Farmer, a 6-2, 185-pound point guard from Millville, NJ led St. Augustine’s Prep in scoring, assists and steals the past two seasons and is regarded as one of the top 100 players in the nation by several scouting services. This past summer, Farmer helped lead the New Jersey All-Stars to the AAU Super Showcase Championship. Farmer averaged just under 16 points per game in the Showcase and his game-winning three-point basket, gave New Jersey the victory over the Georgia All-Stars in the championship game. Farmer was a teammate of fellow Scarlet Knight recruit Jaron Griffin on the New Jersey team.
Farmer was a second-team All-State selection as a junior by the Associated Press and Gannett and enters his senior season with 1,180 career points. As a junior, Farmer averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 assists and 4.1 steals per game in leading St. Augustine’s to a 24-6 record and the Parochial A state title. He averaged 24.8 points in five state playoff games. He was named MVP of the Parochial A state final after a 34-point outing vs. Seton Hall Prep. Farmer possesses tremendous strength which allows him to be a physical, active defender.
“Anthony has really shown great improvement throughout his high school years,” said Waters. “He is to a point now where he is, in my estimation, the top guard in New Jersey. His ability to handle the ball, pass the ball and score, either by hitting the open shot or by penetration, will make him a major threat in his future years on the college level.”
Zack Gibson, a 6-9 1/2, 205-pound forward/center from Grand Blanc, MI is a skilled, mobile big man who is ranked the No. 1 center in the state of Michigan by PrepSpotlight. He was a second-team All-Big Nine Conference selection last season after averaging 14.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in helping to lead Grand Blanc Community High School to a 19-4 record. Gibson has been nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Gibson had a productive summer competing for the Michigan Mustangs’ AAU team where his athleticism and agility caught the eye of many college recruiters from around the nation. He has soft hands, has the ability to score in both the high and low post, and is active on the boards. He has a consistent midrange jump shot and solid post moves. PrepSpotlight.com termed Gibson “the biggest sleeper in the state of Michigan.” Gibson scored 27 points in the adidas Super 64 game in Las Vegas, NV, with many of his points coming in transition.
“Zack is a young player who is just coming into his own,” said Waters. “I expect him to have a great senior year. Last year, his numbers were good but people didn’t really know him because he was so young. He just turned 17 (on September 17) and he is still growing. He has the athleticism, the skill level to shoot the ball, and the presence to dominate a game. Zack has all the potential to be an outstanding player in the BIG EAST.”
Jaron Griffin, a 6-7, 205-pound forward from Manchester, NJ is regarded as one of the top 100 players in the nation by several scouting services. He is an explosive and athletic small forward who averaged 23.6 points and 13.9 rebounds per game in leading Manchester Regional High School to a 19-6 record and the outright Shore Conference Class B South title last season. The Ocean County “Player of the Year” by the Asbury Park Press, Griffin enters his senior season second on the Hawks’ all-time scoring list with 1,278 career points and is 12 rebounds shy 1,000 for his career. Griffin poured in a career-high 40 points in a win over Jackson in the Shore Conference Tournament. He scored the game-winning basket at the buzzer against Deptford in the South Jersey Group III quarterfinal game and had 30 points in the semifinals vs. Woodrow Wilson.
Griffin followed up his stellar junior season with a terrific summer competing for the New Jersey All-Stars AAU team, where he helped lead the New Jersey All-Stars to the AAU Super Showcase Championship. In Florida. Griffin was a teammate of fellow Scarlet Knight recruit Anthony Farmer on the New Jersey All-Star team. Griffin also participated this past summer in the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis, the Superstar Camp in Atlanta and the AAU Nationals in Florida. In addition to his offensive skills, Griffin runs the floor with great speed, and is an aggressive rebounder and dynamic shot-blocker. He was the MVP of the Eddie Griffin Challenge and the New Jersey Metro Hoops organization’s North-South All-Star Game.
“Jaron has all of the potential in the world,” said Waters. “He’s young and he’s just defining himself. In high school he plays predominantly inside but we are going to move him to the outside. With his ability to shoot and also rebound the ball, he can be a great wing player for us. His athleticism will show even more once he plays on the collegiate level. I think he will have an outstanding future.”
Gerald “JR” Inman, a 6-9, 200-pound forward from Pomona, NY who stars at St. Joseph’s Regional High School in Montvale, is regarded as one of the top 100 players in the nation by several scouting services. Inman is a skilled and versatile forward who averaged a ‘double-double’ as a junior, with 18.3 points, 10.4 rebounds to go along with 2.3 blocks per game. He led the Green Knights to a 20-7 record and to the school’s first Bergen County Jamboree final since 1982. He was named first-team All-North Jersey and All-Bergen County by the Bergen Record.
Inman, whose father Gerald, Sr., played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, was the MVP of the Indian Hills Holiday Festival, totaling 19 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in the final. Inman followed up his stellar junior season with an outstanding summer competing for the Tim Thomas Playaz Gold AAU team, where he was named to the All-Star Team at the adidas Superstars Camp in Atlanta. Inman was a standout performer in the adidas Super 64 game in Las Vegas, Nev.
“J.R. is one of the most versatile players in the country,” said Waters. “He showed these skills throughout the AAU competition during the summer where he held his own at the top camps in the country. I think his ability to go both inside and outside, while using his athleticism will make him a rare basketball player at the college level. He also has a very strong fundamental base, which will allow us to use him at multiple positions.”