Mike Brey on Farrell
“The ultimate quarterback for our system. We will ask him to be more vocal this year because he is a senior. He needs to hunt his shot a little more early in the clock and not defer, because we are going to need scoring out of him.”
HONORS AND AWARDS
- 2017 ACC All-Tournament First Team
- 2017 All-ACC Honorable Mention
- 2017 Notre Dame Playmaker of the Year
- 2016 Legends Classic Tournament Most Valuable Player
- 2016 Legends Classic All-Tournament Team
- 2016 ACC Academic Honor Roll
- NBCSports.com Midseason All-American (third team)
JUNIOR SEASON (2016-17)
- One of the most improved players in the nation during the 2016-17 college basketball season.
- Finished with 16 points, four assists and four rebounds in the NCAA first-round victory over Princeton.
- Dished off 17 assists (5.6 apg) in three games during the ACC Championship, while scoring 14.0 ppg on the way to earning first team all-tournament honors.
- Scored in double figures in all but one (Virginia) ACC game during the season and in 21 of the final 23 games of the season.
- Posted another great second-half effort in the victory over Georgia Tech, scoring 14 of his 17 points while hitting a career-high nine free throws.
- Dished out his 200th career assist at NC State, reaching the 200-assist milestone in 71 games played.
- Keyed Notre Dame’s 10-point second-half comeback at Boston College with 11 points, three 3FGs (part of a career-high five 3FGs) and and three steals.
- Posted second nine-assist game of the ACC campaign against No. 14/15 Florida State at Purcell Pavilion, while also scoring 15 points and matching a career high with five rebounds.
- Shook off another tough first half at No. 10/12 Florida State to score 11 points with seven assists and just one turnover (after committing five in the first half).
- Rebounded from a tough first half against Clemson to shoot 4-of-6 in the second half (3-of-4 from 3FG) with 12 points, three assists, two steals and the game-sealing 3FG with :09 seconds left in the 75-70 victory.
- Faced the Louisville pressure defense and came up with a career-high matching 22 points, eight free throws, three rebounds and two assists.
- Made four 3FG at Pittsburgh (his first career regular season ACC game start) ending with 16 points and the game-winning assist, finding Steve Vasturia in the corner as the clock wound down in overtime on a drive into the paint. Vasturia hit the game-winning three pointer with 2.5 remaining.
- One of the best players on the floor in the battle with No. 15/16 Purdue in the Crossroads Classic, scoring a career-high 22 points while adding a career-best 10 assists to record his first career double-double.
- The 20-point, 10-assist performance was the first for Notre Dame since Jerian Grant accomplished the feat in the 2015 ACC Championship game against North Carolina.
- Became the first Notre Dame player in the Mike Brey era to connect on his first 27 free throw attempts of the season.
- String of 31 consecutive successful free throw attempts, dating back to the 2015-16 season, was snapped in the Saint Peter’s game when he missed the front end of a flagrant foul call.
- Named the Legends Classic Tournament Most Valuable Player for his performance in the semifinals and finals at the Barclays Center (the site of his first two career starts with the Irish in the 2016 NCAA Tournament) averaging 19 points, six assists and two steals in the two victories.
- Scored Notre Dame’s final five points in a come-from-behind victory over Northwestern in the Legends Classic championship game, including a drive/circus-shot ‘and-one’ to give Notre Dame the lead. His two free throws after grabbing a key defensive rebound sealed the four-point victory.
- Broke out for a career game in the Legends Classic semifinal with Colorado, scoring a then career-high 20 points with six assists and three steals.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015-16):
- First four career starts came in Notre Dame’s run to the Elite Eight in the 2015-16 NCAA Tournament.
- Finished the four-game stretch averaging 26.8 minutes, 6.5 ppg and 3.5 apg.
- Scored 10 points in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory at Illinois (12/2/15), his first career game in double-figures.
- Saw action in 28 games during the season.
- Played with the East Coast All-Stars in the summer of 2016, traveling to Italy and helping the team to a 3-1 record, averaging 11.5 ppg and 4.3 apg.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014-15):
- Saw action in 15 games during his first year with the program and played in five ACC contests.
- Four-year member of varsity team and three-time captain at Point Pleasant Beach High School in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.
- Played on teams that won two New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Central New Jersey Group 1 State Championships in consecutive seasons (2013 and 2014), as well as two divisional titles and two sectional crowns.
- Garnered first-team all-state honors as a senior after averaging 19.5 ppg, 5.9 apg, 3.8 rpg and 3.0 spg while leading his prep team to the state semifinals, a 29-2 record and the school's first Shore Conference Tournament championship.
- Named a first-team all-state honoree by the Newark Star-Ledger as a senior, in addition to earning first-team all-metro accolades that included players from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
- Two-time Ocean County Player of the Year.
- Full name is Matthew Thomas Farrell.
- Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
- Son of Robert and Michelle Farrell along with his older brother, Robert III.
- Brother, Robert “Bo” Farrell, is a 1st Lieutenant in the 3rd Calvary Regiment currently stationed at OB Fenty, Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
- Bo surprised Matt by returning early from overseas in a reunion that made headlines across the country after the Colgate game on Dec. 19, 2016.
- Grandfather Robert Farrell Sr. is a 1954 Notre Dame graduate.
- Enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters with a major in film, television and theatre.