Junior Chance Farrell-Martin has followed in the footsteps of his father, pursuing his interest for basketball and looking to continue his success as starter and top point guard on the boys’ varsity basketball team.
Growing up, Farrell-Martin immersed himself in a wide variety of sports, including soccer, lacrosse, baseball and rugby. Ultimately, he decided to focus solely on basketball. Farrell-Martin’s love for the sport was passed down from his father as they practiced and attended local games together.
“I started learning basketball when I was born,” Farrell-Martin said. “I saw that [my dad] loved it a lot and I always had fun playing it.”
From playing his first game at the YMCA as a kindergartener to competing on a high school varsity team, Farrell-Martin has turned into an offensive threat that contributes to the success of the team.
As a sophomore, Farrell-Martin scored a total of 118 points and lead the varsity team in assists (92) and steals (59), according to MaxPreps. This is Farrell-Martin’s second year on varsity, but he also plays for the travel team, North Bay Basketball Academy.
Steve Compagno has been coaching Farrell-Martin since he started his sophomore year, and has helped him grow as an athlete and leader within the past year.
“He’s picked off right where he left off last year and has gotten way better. He’s more vocal in the locker room, understands the game and how to play and is a great forward leader,” Compagno said.
As point guard, Farrell-Martin is responsible for getting everyone involved and overseeing the court.
“[The point guard] is like the quarterback. You’re supposed to know all the plays, know where everyone is supposed to be and where everyone would do the best,” Farrell-Martin said.
According to Katz, Farrell-Martin is able to effectively lead the team through his strong command of the ball.
“He’s good at putting people in the places they need to go and running specific set plays. If our offense breaks down, he knows how to get us out of it and allow us to score,” Katz said.
Compagno, like Katz, believes that Farrell-Martin has adept instincts on the court.
“He knows how to find people when they’re open. It's a quality that you just develop through playing at higher levels, which he's done,” Compagno said.
According to Farrell-Martin, he's developed his skills through countless hours of training and repetition.
“When I’ve watched basketball I’ve always admired people passing and I’ve played for so long that I know where my teammates are going to be when I’m on the court,” Farrell-Martin said.
What makes Farrell-Martin such a key player out of the court, according to Compagno, is his floor leadership, solid defense on the perimeter and winning attitude.
“He’s quiet. Everyone has a different way of going about their business and [Farrell-Martin] is very competitive and wants to win and he works really hard,” Compagno said.