Francis Marion University athletic officials have announced that former Patriot basketball player Carlton Farr, the program's career scoring leader, will be the newest inductee into the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will take place during Spirit Week activities on Saturday, Feb. 17. The ceremony will occur at approximately 3:45 p.m. in the Smith University Center gymnasium, between the women's and men's games of the FMU and Kennesaw State University basketball doubleheader. Farr's coach at Francis Marion, Lewis Hill, will assist in the presentation.
Farr, a native of Spartanburg, attended Francis Marion between 1990 and 1995, and earned the B.B.A. degree in management. For the past three years, he has been an operations manager with the Walt Disney Internet Group at a distribution center in Jonesville. He resides in Boiling Springs, with his wife Princess, also a 1995 FMU graduate.
Six games into his freshman season at FMU, the 6-3 guard-forward broke a bone in his right wrist in a game at USC Spartanburg. Farr received a medical redshirt waiver for that season, and thus had the unique opportunity of being a member of five FMU cage teams.
He established numerous team records in his unusual five-year career, including eight career marks. He played in 119 career games, scoring in double figures in 106 of them, and became the school's career scoring leader with 1,863 points. He ended his career second on the assists list with 326 and sixth on both the rebounding (644) and blocked shots (32) lists, while owning the team records for steals in a season (65) and career (247). He helped lead the Patriots to a 91-54 record, including three seasons of 19 or more wins.
Following his second "freshman season," during which he averaged 13.4 points per game and shot 51.2 percent from the floor, he was named the 1992 Peach Belt "Freshman of the Year." That year, Francis Marion posted a 19-12 mark and narrowly missed out on the team's second consecutive NAIA national tournament invitation.
Farr was a three-time All-Peach Belt selection and a three-time FMU team most valuable player. Statistically, his best season came in 1993-94 when he averaged 18.6 ppg and 6.7 rebounds per game with 64 steals, while also shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the three-point line.
As a senior in 1995, he averaged 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.1 steals per game and was selected as the conference's "Player of the Year." He also earned NABC/Sears All-South Region recognition after leading the Patriots to a 17-10 record and a second-place finish during the Peach Belt regular season.
Farr broke the school's career scoring mark, previously held by FMU Hall of Famer Allen Floyd (1971-75), with a three-point field goal during a 66-56 win over USC Aiken on Jan. 11, 1995.
Farr was recently named to the Patriot men's basketball All-Decade Team for the 1990s.
He joins 18 current members in the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame, which was formed in 1991.