Is South Atlanta High legend Derrick Favors ready for the NBA after one season of college?
That’s what we asked one of the members of his inner circle, South Atlanta High basketball coach Michael Reddick.
What was Reddick’s response? “I haven’t really thought about that. At the moment, Derrick needs to focus on Georgia Tech and how they can improve. He needs to help Georgia Tech make the NCAA tournament and do well.
“You know, when the season is over, you can sit back and think about where things stand. But right now, I wouldn’t even want to speculate on (going to the NBA).”
Perhaps no one knows Derrick like his high school coach. Together, Favors developed into one of the most accomplished prep basketball players in state history. Has he met expectations as a college freshman?
“It depends on whose expectations you’re looking at,” Reddick said. “Some people thought he would come in average 20 points and 15 rebounds. But realistically, you’ve got to do the best you can in a great conference like the ACC. I think he has done very well.”
Reddick also wanted to point out something to the Favors followers: He’s still only 18 years old, with his birthday on July 15.
“Do you realize technically he could be a high school junior right now?” Reddick said. “So when you consider that, and look at what’s done in the ACC, it’s amazing. It is really amazing.”
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