Northwestern and USC grad Desmon Farmer signs with Israeli team

Posted: October 7, 2010 by patrickhayes13 in Professional

Everywhere Desmon Farmer goes, he scores points. Farmer was a big-time scorer on some really fun to watch Flint Northwestern team before having a very good career at USC. He’s also one of the top scorers in the history of the NBA Developmental League and has had a few brief looks in the NBA.

After an All-Star season with Reno in the D-League last year, Farmer signed with a team in the Ukraine late in the summer, but now he’s signed with Ironi Ashkelon in Israel. From Eurobasket:

The former NBA player was released by Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk just days ago. Last season Desmon Farmer played in the D-League. He tallied 23.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game for the Reno Bighorns.

Despite a record number of players getting call-ups last season from the D-League to the NBA, Farmer’s impressive stats were not enough to get himself another look. Approaching 30, it was the right time for him to go to Europe. The NBA was his (and every player, I imagine) dream, but by sticking around in the D-League he was missing opportunities to make significantly more money overseas. The Israeli league is one of the most competitive leagues there is overseas, but Farmer should still be among the top players at that level.

— Patrick Hayes

  1. Jared Field says:

    I believe former C-A and Austin Peay guard Nick Stapleton also had a stint in Israel.

    • You’re right. Also, I believe Greg Burks (Northern/Prairie View) will be playing in Israel this year.

      • Flintstone21 says:

        Yea, I just played with Burks recently and that’s where he will be playing. Also, I was playing with Kelvin Torbert and he was released from Europe to lose some weight I hear. His size definitely takes away from his known jumping ability, but his jump shot was better than it has ever been.

  2. Flintstone21 says:

    Yea I played with Burks recently and that is where he will be playing. I was also playing with Kelvin Torbert, who was released from European ball to apparently lose some weight. He didn’t look “fat,” but his bigger size definitely took away from his known jumping ability. His jumpshot was better than I have ever seen it, though.

    • Wow, that’s crazy about Torbert. I saw him play a few times over the summer. He’s definitely bigger, but he looked good. He and Charlie Bell were going at each other hard.

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