The Farmington Cardinals are a team that is expecting big things for the 2015-2016 basketball season. Coach Beau Thompson is returning some excellent players for the upcoming season. The Cardinals are in a tough conference, but as they proved last year, they have plenty of weapons and will be a difficult team to face this season.
Farmington calls the 5A west conference home. The Cardinals will have to contend with powerhouses Maumelle, Morrilton, and Little Rock Christian during the course of the basketball season. The 5A West has several players that are 6’9” and over and that could cause some problems for the Cardinals. Head coach Beau Thompson knows that the conference will be challenging, but feels that the teams Non-Conference schedule will prepare the Cardinals. The Non-Conference slate for the Cardinals includes games against Springdale Bulldogs and Rogers Mounties.
The weapons catching the eyes of most observers for the Cardinals are in the forms of Matt Wilson and Matt Thomas. According to Marcus Monk and Nick Mason of the Raw Report, “Both Thomas and Wilson play off of each other very well when on the court.” Each player has good ball handling skills and an impressive jumper. Both Thomas and Wilson focus on defense and believe it can take them to the next level. Coach Thompson has helped prepare both players to take advantage of the mismatches that opposing teams will present during the course of the game. Thomas and Wilson each have good range, and Farmington is going to rely on their scoring ability.
Last season, the Cardinals started the year with a 9-1 record. Farmington then entered conference play and struggled to some extent but eventually got it going as the season progressed. The Cardinals are prepared for this year and have the weapons and talent to have an excellent season. The Cardinals will have to play good defense, but this could be a team that makes a push for a conference championship this season.
The Cardinals have some tough games that will challenge both the players and the coaches but this should be a team that is in playoff contention when the season winds down. If the defense comes along, and Thomas and Wilson continue to put up the points and cause problems for the opposition, Farmington could have a special season. Farmington fans should plan to pack the gym; it is not every year a team this talented rolls around.