Athletic seems to be the descriptor most used in scouting Quebec wing Tamara Farquhar. She posseses a rounded offensive/defensive skill set, strengthened by her quick step and jumping ability. She is especially good in the mid-ranges. She had an early growth spurt, and has worked her way from the post out to the wing as her peers have caught up to her. An ACL tear during the summer of 2014 delayed her progress, but scouting reports have indicated she has not only returned to prior form, but increased her development.
Tagged as a rising Canadian prospect from an early age, Farquhar was named a member of the 2013 Candian Women's National Team that competed at the FIBA U16 World Championships in Mexico. The team won the silver medal, and Farquhar averaged 5.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 16.2 minute per game. During the tournament she shot .330 from the field, .330 from the perimeter, and .560 from the free throw line. She also led team in offensive rebounding with 12 in the tournament, and tied for third on team in total tournament rebounds with 23.
Canadian players typically play high school ball to about grade 11. If college bound, most then switch to a college prep program and stay an additional 2-3 years before heading to college. Farquhar played her high school ball at E.S. Ste-Laurent in Quebec, then enrolled in Dawson College for prep. In 2014-15, Farquhar's season was limited to six games due to an ACL injury. Through those six games, she averaged 9.5 points and 5.2 rebounds.
During the 2015-16 season, Dawson College (12-6) made it to the semifinals of the RSEQ Basketball Championships, dropping their first game to Montmorency 87-56, but coming back to win the third-place game against Trois-Rivieres 71-54. Farquhar paced the Lady Blues’ attack with 19 points and 11 rebounds, with fellow Purdue recruit Leony Boudreau adding 12 points. Dawson posted a 12-6 record in the RSEQ Division I league, finishing fourth in the standings. Farquhar averaged 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. She also added 2.6 assists, and 3.3 steals per game, while shooting .436 from the field.
The summer following her 2015-16 prep season, Farquhar rejoined the Canadian National Team for a four-game tournament in Prague.
Farquhar verbally committed to Purdue on 10/7/16. She had a final list of Purdue, Michigan State, and TCU. After first visiting Purdue, then Michigan State the following weekend, she canceled her visit to TCU and committed to the Boilers. Bron in Lagos, Nigeria. Plans to study Psychology and Kinesiology.
Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp..."We’ve been searching for a wing-player like Tam for a long time. She will be a game-changer from the jump as her athleticism will make her a top defender, not only in the Big Ten, but nationally." (PurdueSports.com, November 9, 2016)
Scout Mark Lewis at the USJN DC Nationals...“Possibly best athlete in the building. Cut and explosive. Quick. First step is there. Physically strong. Better ballhandler at speed in transition. Crossover is there. Gets into the paint. Spot up shot is sound. Strong and focused on ball defender. Outstanding effort.” (Blue Star, July 26, 2016)
Scout Dan Olsen at Battle of the Boro...“Athletic perimeter prospect with college-ready frame, explosive in transition game, attacks, finishes plays in traffic; emerging perimeter game consistency is key to next level impact.” (Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, July, 2016)
Scout Dan Olsen at USJN tournment...“Athletic perimeter performer finishes plays in uptempo; quick-leaper, active on glass; developing perimeter game.” (Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, July, 2015)
Scout Dan Olsen at USJN tournment...“Ultra-athletic perimeter prospect with off-the-charts potential; unpolished perimeter skills; attacks in uptempo game; possibilities.” (Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, July, 2014)
Scout Micheal Henry...“Farquhar is a strong player that uses her length very well. Her height is almost deceiving especially coupled with her jumping ability and very long arms. She has so much potential that also comes with her rebounding and ability to block shots on the defensive end of the court. Put those things together with her speed and ball handling ability, and you start to get a better sense at just how good she is.” (Crown Scout, December 14, 2012)
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