Pine View student-athlete Trey Judd Farrer has his goals for his final year of high school basketball lined up. “I want to win Region, make first team All-State, help carry my team, [and] be a team leader.”
A highly motivated young man who enjoys both the competitive and social nature of the game, he expects great things from his teammates but mainly from himself, and is fully conscious of the work needed to achieve them.
Trey has spent the last three years playing for the AAU Utah Select team as well as the Panthers. Although he stands at 6’7” with a mighty 33-inch vertical leap, he doesn’t rely on size alone to get the job done. “As center, I have to rebound the ball offensively and defensively, guard the other biggest player on the court, move well, finish above the rim, and direct traffic on defense,” Trey explains. “I think I’m a good leader, a vocal leader on the court. Other players see me as an asset and an essential part of our team’s success.”
The Farrer family moved to the St. George area in 1991. Rhett Farrer, a physical therapist who manages the athletic trainers at all Region 9 high schools plus Dixie State University, and his wife Kimberly have three children. Trey is the youngest but the biggest by far.
Trey was always one of the tallest in his class. When he played little league soccer, his parents frequently had to show his birth certificate to prove he was in the appropriate age division. “The kids would just bounce off of him,” Rhett Farrer says. “It was fun to watch.”
With his dad as coach, Trey came up through the city and rec leagues, and eventually into the border league in junior high. He also tried baseball and football, but ultimately saw a future in basketball.
Hoops are a family tradition. Trey’s brother Jordan was also on the Pine View team, while his sister Aubrey represented the Panthers in volleyball. Rhett Farrer played for the former College of Eastern Utah; Kimberly Farrer played in high school.
Trey’s school days are split between electives at Pine View and the two college classes he takes through Dixie State. Team weightlifting is three afternoons a week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, he goes to acceleration training. “He’s willing to put in time early in the morning before school, after school; he foregoes a lot of summer activities,” Kimberly Farrer says. “When a lot of other kids are having downtime, he’s working.”
Pine View head coach Ryan Eves says that Trey has stepped into the senior leadership role of keeping his teammates motivated while making great strides in developing his own game. “It always helps to be athletic and tall, but he’s probably worked the hardest of any of our kids,” Eves says. “He’s gotten quicker, stronger, more physical, worked on his skills.”
“I’ve never seen Trey cheat a rep or not do as many lifts as he’s supposed to, and he goes as heavy as he can on everything,” says Michael Frodsham, Trey’s best friend and teammate.
Frodsham describes Trey as a disciplined worker who leads by example. “He makes sure that everyone comes to practice, and if you’re not there, you can pretty much count on him getting a hold of you and finding out where you were,” says Frodsham. “He’s not scared to hold people accountable for mistakes, but he’s not mean about it.”
Trey usually watches the JV boys play immediately before the varsity games. His team never hits the court without first doing their handshakes. He has dedicated a lot of time during the off-season to working on skills as well as fundamentals. “There wasn’t a week this summer that I wasn’t in the gym or out there on the court,” he says. “It’s definitely a grind; you gotta love the grind.”
Trey counts his dad, older brother, Coach Eves, and AAU coach Dwain Schallenberger among his mentors. “I have really good family support, a really strong friend group,” he says. “Knowing you have that support from everybody makes everything go a lot easier.”
Trey recalls his first dunk, as a sophomore, as one of the highlights of his sports career. In his first varsity start last year, he scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds. “In our summer camp at Dixie State, he tore it up,” says Eves. “He was pretty tough.”He was named MVP of the Point Guard College camp, which a couple hundred kids attended, last season. Additionally, Trey has earned a spot in the prestigious Cheetah Club at Dixie Regional’s Sports Performance Training Center by running 20 mph for six seconds unassisted.
In preparation for senior year, the 17-year-old has been marketing himself by attending exposure camps, making a highlight film, and sending emails to coaches at schools he hopes to play for. Through AAU, he’s had the opportunity to play in front of college scouts at tournaments in Las Vegas and California. Trey says that he would be grateful for any opportunity to play collegiate basketball, but hopes to get a scholarship to a Utah school because he has grown up watching those teams and scrutinizing their programs. He’s not sure yet what he’d like to major in, but finds business and the medical field interesting.
The ambition that drives Trey to new athletic heights has also helped him maintain a 3.9 GPA. Kimberly Farrer says that she and her husband expected all their children to earn an academic scholarship; one for sports would just be a bonus.Trey is an Eagle Scout and plans to serve an LDS mission after graduating from high school.
Trey’s coaches and teammates expect a big season from him that may get the Panthers back into the State championship game.
“He’s for sure going to be one of our team’s leading scorers. He has a big defensive presence down low. Lots of rebounds and assists too; he’s really good at all of that stuff,” says Frodsham. “He’s one of the best big men in Region 9, if not the best.”
The next stage of Trey’s basketball career is also at stake in the coming weeks. “Dixie State has been really interested in him, and a couple other schools,” Eves says. “If he has the season I think he’ll have, he’ll definitely get some looks and a chance to play college basketball.”
For Trey, practice doesn’t end after the stadium lights go out—win or lose. “You have to think that if you’re not putting in the time and energy to get better, someone else is. When you’re competing for a scholarship, you have to think that someone else in the nation is fighting for that same scholarship,” he says. “Everybody wants to be good, but you have to put the time in and be willing to make the sacrifices.” • HSSI