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ACU Men's hoops adds pair of Ranger JUCO players to roster

Published On: May 06 2013 04:11:16 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

Two of the top junior college basketball players in Texas have agreed to transfer to ACU to play their collegiate basketball for head coach Joe Golding.

Ranger Junior College guard Jayrn Johnson and his teammate, guard Rafael Farley, will join the Wildcats in the fall as two of six spring transfers to the team.  The other four names will be released later this week.

Johnson is a 6-2 guard who will be a sophomore in 2013-14, ACU's first season as an NCAA Division I affiliate and member of the Southland Conference.  A native of Grand Prairie and graduate of South Grand Prairie High School, Johnson averaged 10 points and two rebounds per game last year for Ranger head coach Larry Brown.

Helped lead Ranger JC to a conference title in 2012-13 and scored 18 points in the regional tournament against defending national champion South Plains College.

"We recruited Jayrn out of high school, so I'm really glad we're getting him in here now," Golding said.  "We watched him battle through injuries during the season and then get healthy and play well at the end of the season. 

"He's a winner," Golding said of Johnson.   "He won at South Grand Prairie and a league championship at Ranger.  He's been well-coached by (SGP coach) and Brandon Bennett and Larry Brown."

Farley is a 6-4 guard who will join the Wildcats with two years to play.  A native of Houston and a graduate of Klein Forest High School, Farley averaged 17 points and five rebounds per game last year under Brown at Ranger JC.

He shot 54 percent from the field, including 43 percent from 3-point range.  He also shot 84 percent from the free throw line and was a first team all-North Texas Junior College Conference selection and first team all-Region V pick as a sophomore.

Farley was one of the top 3-point shooters in Klein Forest High School where he played for head coach Cary Black.

"We recruited Rafael when I was at Arkansas-Little Rock and we were able to maintain a relationship with him," Golding said. "He's a 3-point specialist who can flat-out shoot the basketball.  He won back-to-back league championships at Ranger Junior College for Larry Brown, and hopefully he'll bring that winning attitude and leadership to our program over the next two seasons."

Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.