THIS SEASON: Desmon Farmer is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior guard in 2004 with a great scoring touch and a fiery defensive presence who will start for the second year in a row. USC's leading returning scorer, Farmer looks to build on a strong junior campaign.
CAREER: Farmer is 26th on USC's career scoring chart with 1,062 points and 10th on the career three-point chart with 120.
2002-2003: Farmer averaged 18.7 points as a 2003 junior guard, tops on the Trojans and fourth-best in the Pac-10 ... He was named a 2003 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection and earned Pac-10 All-Tournament honors after he averaged 22.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in the conference tourney ... Averaged 20.4 points in Pac-10 play, becoming only the second Trojan to average at least 20 points in conference games since 1992 ... Scored in double figures 27 times and had at least 20 points 14 times ... Became USC's 28th player with at least 1,000 career points when he scored 24 points against Stanford in the Pac-10 Tournament opener ... Was among 52 players who participated in the 2003 USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials for a spot on the U.S. Pan Am Games team ... Entered his junior season as a career 64.2% free throw shooter, but finished fifth in the Pac-10 after making 82.8% of his foul shots (135-of-163), also the ninth-best effort ever at USC ... Farmer's 562 points was the ninth-most ever in a season at USC ... Finished among USC's Top 10 junior efforts in points (562, fourth), average (18.7, fifth), field goal attempts (454, third), three-pointers (63, fifth), three-point attempts (195, tied for first), free throw percentage (82.8%, tied for second) and free throws (135, sixth) ... His 63 three-pointers were the eighth-most ever in a season at USC ... Posted career highs in points (35) and three-pointers (seven) at Washington State and also made 10-of-10 free throws ... Had a streak of four consecutive 20-point-plus games (23 against Washington, 27 against Washington State, 24 against Stanford and 23 against California) snapped in the season-ending loss to Oregon when he had 19 points ... He also did it three times in a row with 28 points against UCLA, 22 at UNLV and 29 at Arizona State ... Scored 24 points against Stanford and 21 against California in the Bay Area home stand ... Scored 25 points and had three steals at UCLA ... Played 40 minutes three times.
2001-2002: Farmer started five of 31 games as a 2002 sophomore guard, averaging 9.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game ... Posted 14 double-digit scoring efforts, including five in a row to end the season, the longest such stretch of his career ... During the final five games, which included the regular-season finale against Oregon State, three Pac-10 Tournament games against Stanford, Oregon and Arizona, and the NCAA Tournament game against UNC-Wilmington, Farmer averaged 17.6 points and 4.0 rebounds, making 30-of-55 field goals (.545) and 13-of-29 three-pointers (.448). He came off the bench in all five games ... Tied season highs of 20 points and four three-pointers in the NCAA Tournament, matching totals he had against Rhode Island. Farmer also had 10 rebounds against Rhode Island, accounting for the first double-double of his career ... Had back-to-back games of 15 points and seven rebounds in USC's Pac-10 home openers against Washington State and Washington ... Played his first career 40-minute game against Pepperdine, scoring 13 points.
2000-2001: Farmer started 16 of 32 games as a 2001 freshman guard, most of his starts coming in place of Jeff Trepagnier, who was out for the first half of last season ... Averaged 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game ... Started in 15 of his first 16 games, averaging 9.1 points through the first half of the season ... When Trepagnier returned, Farmer became a key reserve off the bench ... Scored a career-high 24 points and had three assists in USC's Pac-10 opener vs. Washington State ... Provided a major spark off the bench vs. No. 1 Stanford at the Sports Arena, scoring seven points in 17 minutes and making all three of his shots ... Also provided a lift as a reserve against Cal at home, scoring nine points and getting five rebounds in 21 minutes ... Had eight boards at Washington, one off of his season high ... Had 21 points and a career-best nine rebounds against CSUN ... Scored 14 points in 26 minutes vs. then-No. 8 Arizona at home ... Had 13 points vs. Mississippi (12 in the first half) and 13 vs. Long Beach State ... Scored 12 points and five assists at Northwestern ... Had 14 points and seven rebounds vs. Loyola Marymount ... Started his first game as a Trojan against Bradley, scoring 13 points in 27 minutes.
HIGH SCHOOL: Farmer prepped at Northwestern High in Flint, Mich. ... As a senior in 2000, averaged 23 points per game in leading Northwestern to a 23-2 mark and a trip to the state regional playoffs ... Earned Detroit News Michigan All-State second team honors and earned All-City first team honors ... Injured his left knee in June of 1999 in an AAU game, but still played as a senior.
As a junior in 1999, Farmer was named a 1999 All-American by Street & Smith's (High Honorable Mention) and USA Today (Honorable Mention) ... A Detroit News Michigan All-State third team selectee and an All-City pick, he averaged 18.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists, leading the Wildcats to a 22-2 record and the state regional playoffs ... Shot 63.5 percent from the field (120-of-189) and made 49-of-123 three-pointers (39.8%).
Averaged 15.0 points as a sophomore, leading Northwestern to the state semifinals in 1998 ... Also played football from 1997-99, playing quarterback and wide receiver.
SIDELIGHTS: Farmer was born on Oct. 7, 1981 ... He is a social science/history major ... His full name is Desmon Kenyatta Farmer .... His brother, Tim, was a strong safety at both Toledo (1993-94) and Wayne State (1996-98) who is now the director of operations for the USC men's basketball team ... His cousin, Demetrius Calip, was a four-year letterwinner as a guard at Michigan (1988-91) and a key reserve in the Wolverines' national championship season in 1989 ... Among the notable athletes to come out of Northwestern High are Houston Rocket Glen Rice, former NFL receiver Andre Rison, former Trojan basketball player Anthony Pendleton and former USC All-American linebacker Dennis Johnson.
OTHERS ON DESMON FARMER: (Todd Harmonson, Orange County Register): "When Farmer gets on the court, he is a headband-wearing, arm-waving dose of excitement."
(Mike Terry, Los Angeles Times): "He's one of the first Trojans downcourt when USC has the ball, fastbreak or no fastbreak ... On defense, he moves back and forth, sizing up his opponent like prey."