Finally getting the go-ahead for her senior season, Mia Farley was very excited to be back on the court. The Academy of Holy Names point guard is very excited after losing part of her junior season to get four more years at the next level.
Farley will be attending Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Farley’s love for the game is something she contributes to getting her to this next level. Farley says, “My first organized year was second grade. I did some non-sporty activities, but basketball really stuck with me.” Farley also tells me that playing in college was a great opportunity given she was not ready at the end of her high school years.
Farley also was really excited to continue after losing an opportunity to play AAU with some friends. Farley explains, “Most people really don’t get to do AAU at 18 years old, but I’m always up for more games and practice. When it got canceled I was so bummed and wasn’t training, but with CoVID down in numbers, I’m back in the gym. It’s so exciting.” The hardcore training wasn’t happening for her, but being back up with it brings back her love for basketball.
Farley has been a varsity star since she was just 15, and being a sophomore on varsity can be intimidating at times. Farley was talking about being at a UCONN camp in middle school really pushed her to play up a level so young. Farley states, “My mom told me about this camp that graduated UCONN players ran and I was so excited. Starstruck even. With it being in a different state though, I was scared and being with girls so good I was also pretty nervous about that.” Gabby Williams is one of her biggest inspirations, and Farley talked to me about how that camp was so cool with her being there.
Farley said that she lost most of this season (even though she got some games) due to quarantine issues. Farley says, “We all kind of expected to not have many games, and it was nice too to have our coach lay off us a bit. Being hard on athletes is never a bad thing, but lee-way isn’t a bad thing either.” This season also made Farley once again realize she wasn’t ready to be done quite yet.
Outside of basketball, Farley loves art, music, and running track. I asked Farley if she planned to pursue this in college and she responded with, “Not really. I’m going to major in English and go from there, but art will always be a hobby for me. Kind of like basketball”. Farley also is very excited but nervous to be away from home for the first time.
Farley and the Seahawks will begin their training late Fall of 2021.