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Farley will try to breed toughness into Menomonee Falls basketball team

Indians boys are young

Nov. 25, 2013

New Menomonee Falls boys basketball coach Ben Farley was a former high school and collegiate defensive back as well as basketball player, and he idolizes the tough physical play advocated by legendary Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.

So although the Indians are going to be green in many areas, they will strive for an edge, a toughness in order to make their way in what promises to be a very difficult Greater Metro Conference this winter.

"We saw some good things at a scrimmage with Waukesha South the other day," said Farley, who is replacing Dan Leffel this season. "The kids are working hard in practice. They're trying to absorb a lot of new stuff and the attitude has been good.

"We're going to play and compete hard every night. We'll look to push the ball but we'll identify ourselves with our defense and our rebounding. We'll come with some pressure, too."

The Indians finished 7-16 last season and opened on the road Tuesday against Plymouth and have their home opener Friday against Sheboygan North. Falls will next be in action on Dec. 3 at home against Catholic Memorial.

Farley got some good news as well as bad news in the off-season. The bad news is that sophomore guard Juwan McCloud, who was anticipated as a team leader this winter transferred back to Germantown where his family originally was from. He was an honorable mention GMC choice last season.

The good news is that the shoulder injury that three-year letter-winning 6-3 senior forward Jason Precia suffered during the football season has healed faster than expected and Precia (5.6 ppg last winter) has been active and effective in practice so far.

But behind Precia is not a great wealth of experience. Seniors 6-2 Jerry Murphy (5.4 ppg) and 6-4 Daniel Dahlke (4 ppg.) are the others with the most remaining experience while other seniors include 6-2 Anthony Russo and 5-11 Devin Jackson.

Farley, who as of Monday had not fully settled on a starting lineup, said he will play a great many people this winter.

Others in the mix include juniors 5-11 Rudy Powells, 6-0 Josh Karls, 6-2 Dontrell Handy and 6-4 Paul Koier as well as 6-0 Bryce McMurtry and 6-4 Ty Weber. Both McMurtry and Weber are coming off good football seasons.

"Different games, different matchups will mean different starting lineups," he said. "We're going to look to be incredibly unselfish."

Coaching runs in the family with Farley as his older brother, Andy, was head coach at the family's alma mater Brookfield East for a time (Andy also worked at Falls for a while and is now principal at East).

"He's a huge influence and I'm always looking to learn from him," said Ben. "...Overall, we'll be pretty inexperienced but the kids are growing up fast."

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