August 22, 1975 |
|Listed height||6 ft 4 3⁄4 in (1.95 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|NBA draft||1999 / Undrafted|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|2002||Santa Lucia Realty|
|2002–2003||West Sydney Razorbacks|
|2003||Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|2003–2004||Anjou Basket Club Angers|
|2007||Wonju Dongbu Promy|
|2007–2008||Mutlu Akü Selçuk Üniversitesi|
|2008–2009||Libertad de Sunchales|
|Career highlights and awards|
Willie Deshon Farley (born August 22, 1975) is an American professional basketball player. He has played around the world, including stops in France, the Philippines and Australia.
Farley played college basketball for Chaffey College from 1995 to 1997. In 1997, Farley transferred to Fresno State where he had to sit out a semester before becoming eligible to play. In December 1997, he played just six matches before walking out on the team, with the impending return of Chris Herren being cited as reason for his departure. In 1998, he returned to the team for the 1998–99 season.
Farley went undrafted in the 1999 NBA draft. In December 1999, he signed with the Rochester Skeeters for the rest of the 1999–2000 International Basketball Association season, playing 27 games. He later joined the Washington D.C. Ambassadors for the 2000 United States Basketball League season.
Later that year, he signed with Golbey-Epinal of France for the 2000–01 season. In December 2000, he left France.
In 2001, Farley signed with the Adelaide 36ers for the 2001–02 season. He finished second in the league in scoring averaging 24.9 points per game and led the 36ers to an unlikely championship.
In July 2002, he signed with Santa Lucia Realty of the Philippines for a short stint. Later that year, he signed with the West Sydney Razorbacks for the 2002–03 season.
In November 2003, he joined the Sioux Falls Skyforce for the 2003–04 CBA season. He later left after just two games. In December 2003, he joined Anjou Basket Club Angers of France for the rest of the season.
In 2004, he re-joined the Adelaide 36ers for the 2004–05 season. In his first season back with the 36ers, he averaged 23.5 point per game and won the club's Most Valuable Player award and finished second to Brian Wethers in the league MVP award.
Despite Farley's return the 36ers were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs in 2005 and 2006 before failing to make the playoffs in 2007. He was runner-up in the 2006 NBL Dunk Competition behind New Zealand Breakers forward Carlos Powell. During his playing days in the NBL, Farley was one of the most explosive scorers in the league, consistently putting up big numbers while exciting fans with high flying dunks and plenty of long range threes.
In March 2007, he joined Indesit Fabriano of Italy for the rest of the season.
In July 2007, Farley was selected by Wonju Dongbu Promy in the Korean Basketball League Foreign Player Draft. In November 2007, he joined Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya of Turkey for the 2007–08 season.
In May 2013, Farley signed with the Toowoomba Mountaineers for the rest of the 2013 QBL season. In December 2013, he signed with the Toowoomba Mountaineers as their player/coach for the 2014 season.
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