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May 24, 2011

Dunbar grad Sean Farr makes a change

sean-farr-bccc.jpg Sean Farr's decision-making process two years ago was relatively straightforward.

Farr, a 2009 Dunbar graduate, was a two-sport star for the Poets -- a standout wide receiver for the football team, and an athletic wing on the basketball team. While basketball was Farr’s first love, it was clear that his athletic future was on the gridiron.

“I was so highly recruited for football that I wasn’t planning on playing basketball” in college, Farr said.

Much has changed for Farr since then – including his primary sport. After a year of prep school and time spent with two college football teams, Farr has retired his pads and focused his efforts on playing college basketball. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard signed a letter of intent this week to play for Baltimore City Community College.

“I fit right in with the team,” Farr said. “It’s mostly players from Baltimore. The team is gritty. Everybody gets along and everyone knows where everyone plays because we played together all the time” growing up.

Said BCCC coach Terry Maczko in a news release: “We are very excited to have Sean join our program. He has tremendous athletic talent and brings a history, toughness, and mentality of winning to our program.”

Farr, who helped the Poets to three straight Class 1A football championships, averaged 18 points and six rebounds for Dunbar’s basketball team as a senior. Farr played for the Team Melo AAU program and garnered some mid-major interest coming out of high school, but he ended up signing with Louisville’s football program.

After he came up short of NCAA Division I qualifying standards, Farr enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., and emerged as a four-star prospect and’s No. 14 prep school prospect in the country. Louisville had since made a coaching change, and Farr signed with Memphis instead.

Farr was in the midst of a redshirt season with the Tigers last fall when he said an issue arose with his SAT score. The NCAA didn’t clear him for Division I play, so the former Dunbar star was forced to transfer. He ended up at Division II California University of Pennsylvania, spending spring practice with the Vulcans.

“It’s a small town. I’m used to the city environment,” Farr said. “The football team, they’re OK. But I just didn’t feel too comfortable there.”

Farr would’ve been eligible to play this fall, but instead finished out the semester and returned home to Baltimore. Right away, he started thinking about basketball once again.

“My father passed away about a year ago,” Farr said. “His dream was to see me play basketball. He told me I’d played basketball. I wanted to try something new for me, but mostly for him.”

For the past several weeks Farr has rededicated himself to basketball, playing pickup with the likes of Aquille Carr, Josh Selby and several other local players – including BCC sophomore Carlos Smith, a Forest Park grad.

“He gave me a call and said … [I should] come to the open gym” at BCCC, Farr said.

Farr fit in well with the team and Maczko was eager to add him to the Panthers’ roster. The former Poet is happy to be focused on basketball, and hopeful that his stint at BCCC leads to a DI scholarship.

“I wish it would’ve went better with football with my SAT score,” Farr said. “But it’s a journey, so I’m just good to go with it and going to get better.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Sean Farr by Algerina Perna / Dec. 23, 2008

This blog originally had the wrong graduation year for Farr. Apologies for the error.

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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