Is Derrick Favors ready for the NBA after one year? His high school coach weighs in (UPDATED)

Is South Atlanta High legend Derrick Favors ready for the NBA after one season of college?

Is South Atlanta legend Derrick Favors ready for the NBA after one year of college? (AJC file)

Is South Atlanta legend Derrick Favors ready for the NBA after one year of college? (AJC file)

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.”

Is South Atlanta basketball legend Derrick Favors ready for the NBA after one season in college?

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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.”

Update: Favors named ACC rookie of the year

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Yeah Baby

March 9th, 2010
7:58 am

we talking about practice

wiley

March 9th, 2010
8:01 am

C. Bosh looked worse in college. Watch for Favors to be an all star by year two in the NBA.

Decatur Tech Fan

March 9th, 2010
8:08 am

If he had someone who could feed him in the low post instead of shoot every time down the floor (shumpert) he prob wd have 20 points a game. by being hamstrung by a shoot happy guard and a HORRIBLE coach, I think he has done ok.

Tony

March 9th, 2010
8:09 am

Who really cares?

Basketball GOD

March 9th, 2010
8:18 am

Favors definitely has a future in the NBA, but right now he isn’t ready. If he comes out now he is a 1st round lock, but he will ride the pine and devastate his chances of earning a max contract in year 3 of his pro career. If he stays at Tech for 1 or 2 more years he will dominate the college game and be ready to contribute in his rookie year in the NBA….he should follow the same path as Lawal…who stayed in college and has improved his overall game and draft stock.

Gordon

March 9th, 2010
8:23 am

I don’t know if he’s ready, but I do know that he is gone.

Paul Blewit

March 9th, 2010
8:27 am

I am the worst coach in the ACC, by far.

Goldtimer

March 9th, 2010
8:30 am

He will go on to the NBA and become another All-Star. Too bad CPH can’t ever do much with all the talent that passes through Tech.

.

March 9th, 2010
8:31 am

With a great Coach he could really pick up his game but right now he’s on his own. Hewitt sucks!

GT

March 9th, 2010
8:34 am

Wiley has it right. At Duke they make stars out of milktoast, at Tech they make stars looks like average players. I am not crazy about Coach K or Roy Williams but look what they do with players to put them in a position to win and look what we do. Then follow the talent when they get to the NBA and especially Duke players are not as accomplished, while Tech players suddenly find themselves.

K

March 9th, 2010
8:38 am

DRad: Are you listening??????

BrokeBackJacket

March 9th, 2010
8:46 am

Enter your comments here

ATLFan

March 9th, 2010
8:49 am

He might as well go. Obviously he’s not gonna take Tech to any heights.

2HLLWGA

March 9th, 2010
9:01 am

Given that the NBA drafts based upon potential ability and not actual ability, he will go very high. Has he accomplished anything in college, the answer is clearly no. Do I want him to stay, the answer again is no. He is Bosh all over again. When you have a Messiah, your prayers are never answered.

Given his age, is he allowed to be drafted? I thought you had to be 19?

wordy

March 9th, 2010
9:12 am

PMC

March 9th, 2010
9:16 am

Depends on what you mean by ready. He’s probably a top 5 draft pick and he’s going to be a better player in the league than he’s shown at Tech if history is any indication. He’s got all the talent in the world he’s just got to have better service from the guards he’s playing with and A LOT more agression. He could stay in school for another year like Gani Lawal or he could go now. This is completely his decision whether he wants to go to the NBA now or take on some risk by staying in school working on his game and maybe being a #1 pick later.

RambleOn84

March 9th, 2010
9:18 am

He would definitely be more ready if he stayed at least one more year and beefed up…but I can’t blame him for leaving, and he definitely will. The money is too tempting.

But look at Tim Duncan…he stayed for four years and has consistently been among the top 5 players in the NBA his entire career.

GT man

March 9th, 2010
9:23 am

This superstar has not showed anything til the last 3 games, its either Hewitts sorry coaching or this kid has been an underacheiver the whole season.

PawleysIslandJacket

March 9th, 2010
9:24 am

Adios Derrick. Wish it were adios hewitt.

Hawk n the Ham

March 9th, 2010
9:29 am

Favors would likely end up as a lottery pick because of his upside. I wish his status would fall off so the Hawks could get him late in the 1st round, just sayin.

gtm

March 9th, 2010
9:31 am

Exactly what Gordon said: not ready, but gone anyway. Marvin Williams went 2nd in the draft as a one year sixth man. Readiness doesn’t matter, it’s just potential that’s drafted on.

jfreak13713

March 9th, 2010
9:40 am

I think Favors will stay or go based on what he thinks will happen to Hewitt? If Hewitt is back next year Favors may come back to improve his game a little more with a familiar coach, but if Hewitt is fired then Favors probably wouldn’t want to deal with new coach and jump to NBA. Either way the kid has a good future. Take the money while you can make it!

WNC Jacket

March 9th, 2010
9:40 am

I agree with the comments of so many others. I don’t believe he is ready to play and make an impact on any NBA team right now. But NBA teams don’t necessarily draft players who will make an immediate impact- they are looking at potential. And Favors’ potential is excellent. He will be a first rounder this year. And he will get better quicker under an NBA coach who must develop his team or be fired. He will get no better under Hewitt, just as Reggie Ball got no better under Gailey.

Tech Fan

March 9th, 2010
9:40 am

He should go to the NBA, where he might get some actual coaching. Paul Hewitt coaches guys down year after year. There is no advantage to staying in school for him. Let’s face it, he would have gone directly to the NBA from High School, if the rules had allowed it.

Tech Fan

March 9th, 2010
9:43 am

RambleOn84 – Agreed, but you have to admit that (1) Duncan is a rare person to have stayed 4 years (2) Duncan had a great COACH to learn from.

K

March 9th, 2010
9:45 am

Wait, according to Favors old HS coach, at 18, he could technically be a HS junior?!?!

RambleOn84

March 9th, 2010
9:45 am

Tech Fan,
You’re right that Duncan had much better coaching that Favors has had, but I think just staying and putting on more muscle before going to the rigors of an 82-game season against the best athletes in the world would prepare him physically.

Geori

March 9th, 2010
9:47 am

Roy Williams isn’t a great example this year. He consistently gets top 5 or 10 classes and this year’s team is awful.

VT Yellow Jacket

March 9th, 2010
9:49 am

Hmmmm….Michael Reddick. Is he looking for a job? Maybe he could swap with PH.

DirtyDawg

March 9th, 2010
10:02 am

Did I miss something? Did they change the rules about kids going directly to the NBA from high school? Kids like that guy in Cleveland, or Josh Smith, or Dwight Howard? Not to mention the ones that were never heard from again.

Duke Yellowjacket

March 9th, 2010
10:02 am

Reddick for Hewitt … hmmm, now THAT’S an idea.

It might just be the ONLY way that Favors even CONSIDERS staying for his sophomore season on The Flats – though either way, I think he would ultimately benefit.

THWG!

deetee

March 9th, 2010
10:06 am

He definately not ready but like most of these young athletes hes most likely gone. This is the reason the NBA is lacking so many basic fundamentals.

RambleOn84

March 9th, 2010
10:07 am

Dwight Howard was the star of the last class that was allowed to jump straight to the pros.

Now you have to be one year removed from high school. Stupid rule in my opinion. It’s not fair to the kids or the schools. It really hurts a program to have a “one-and-done” player.

Guys should be able to choose NBA or college out of high school. If they choose to go to college, they should be required to stay at least two years.

gt43

March 9th, 2010
10:07 am

If you can’t coach these kids, you can’t coach.

kshizzle

March 9th, 2010
10:08 am

Bottom line is when would he be drafted if he comes out right now. I believe he would be a top 5 pick and thus he is gone. Somehow GT really failed at using this guy for the year he was here. Whether it is Hewitt or the other players themselves, we basically wasted this guy. He did get into some foul trouble early in the season and that didn’t help, but seeing him the last few games you can see he was capable of so much more. I think we have to win the ACC Tournament and at least get to the Sweet 16 for Hewitt to save his job. I’m guessing D-Rad hires the perfect coach. We just need to find the Paul Johnson of Basketball, a yound talented coach who can get the most out of the players he has. The school has put enough players in the NBA over the years for it to recruit itself in some ways. Georgia has good basketball talent and we are the preferred basketball school in this state over UGA. New coach will not have problems bringing in talent.

Michael Carvell

March 9th, 2010
10:35 am

Speaking of South Atlanta coach Michael Reddick, I was surprised last year that no team (especially UGA’s Mark Fox, putting together a new staff) ever tried to hire Reddick as a college assistant as an unofficial “package deal” with Favors (not to say Derrick would’ve done it, but why not try?). Reddick certainly has the pedigree with an enormous amount of success at the high school level, and has superior connections with high school basketball all over the talent-rich city of Atlanta. Just a thought.

Paul in RDU

March 9th, 2010
10:41 am

GT @8:34 – Coach K is a great coach but he recruits great players as well. Duke consistently has more McDAA’s on the roster than GT (they have more this year) and has more players in the NBA.
As far as Favors is concerned, he’s gone as a lottery pick. Pro scouts look at his size, quickness, agility and soft hands and start salivating.

Ric Flair

March 9th, 2010
11:00 am

If he doesn’t make it in the NBA, he has a promising future in wrestling.

Woo!!!!!!!!!!!

Educated

March 9th, 2010
11:18 am

“Do you realize technically he could be a high school junior right now?” Reddick said.

WTH…sounds like he wanted to red shirt him. A junior at 18? If that was the case I would hope he wouldn’t be on the court. He would net to be in remeidal classes.

DrJ

March 9th, 2010
11:20 am

Simple plan. Transfer to Duke. Practice team (age 19/20.) Play one year (age 20/21). Duke wins national title. Go for billion $, multi-year franchise contract with Boston Celtics (then in agony after demise of the Big Three.) Coach K recruits him for All-World USA teams (sorry Joe Johnson, this is not an egocentric player. He gets “it!”)

GT4Life

March 9th, 2010
11:24 am

GT,
Amazed at how you say Coach K is such a good coach. How many Duke players have been national Player of the Year (or ACC POY) only ot fizzle in the NBA? Duke typically has more high school All-Americans in each recruiting class than any other teams. Seems to me they regress at Duke or they’re grossly overrated coming in. The only benefit of playing with Coach K is that you know you’ll average 15-20 FT attempts per game if you’re Duke’s “star”.
Anthony Morrow was a 3* recruit coming out of high school with his only other offers coming from Tennessee (before they were any good), NC St. and Charlotte. For every recruit that the PH haters say regressed under PH, I can name 5 that regressed under Coach K. For every player that had the same level of success in the NBA that they had at Duke, I can name 3 that were better prepared for the next level at Tech. Until you guys realize that Coach K is guaranteed at least 10-15 more calls by the refs than his opponents each game, you will continue to whine about our coaching staff. And for the “bright ones” that love to point to Mark Fox’s success at UGA in his 1st year (13-16 overall, 5-11 in conferenc is success???), remember he is doing what he’s doing in a league that views basketball on the same level as gymnatstics, if not below the gymnist. KY is the only SEC team that cares about basketball each year.

NBA Bound!

March 9th, 2010
11:35 am

Favors is a lottery pick—take it to the bank. This time next year, he’ll be making millions, living in some mansion with 10 bedrooms, hot ladies everywhere, driving around in a $70,000 tricked up Escalade, hitting the top clubs every night with a huge entourage!! Life’s great in the NBA baby!!!

Delbert D.

March 9th, 2010
11:35 am

Get rid of him as soon as you can. Cancel Hewitt’s secret NBA contract.

Technophobia

March 9th, 2010
12:01 pm

The NBA is ruining college basketball by drafting on potential rather than actual accomplishment. Favors has a great future regardless of whether he stays or goes.

JEWELL ROLLEN

March 9th, 2010
12:01 pm

DECATUR TECH FAN HIT IT RIGHT ON THE HEAD. I HAVE ONLY SEEN FAVORS HIT 2 SHOTS FROM 15 FEET THIS WHOLE SEASON!!! NOT NEARLY READY FOR THE NBA, UNLESS YOU CONSIDER SITTING ON AN NBA BENCH FOR 2 YEARS BEING READY!

Dale

March 9th, 2010
12:03 pm

Of course he’s not ready. But that doesn’t matter as the nba will draft him and develop him. And he will be better off playing in some development league for a year under a good coach learnings the nba system than at tech under god awful clueless hewitt.

Tech82

March 9th, 2010
12:04 pm

Maybe Favors will be a lottery pick and donate $7mil of his signing bonus to Tech to pay off they sorry coach that couldn’t do anything with him this year.

Bye, Bye Hewitt

March 9th, 2010
12:07 pm

Favors is gone and Paul Blewitt is also gone. So tired of the mediocrity from this coach and his team(s)!

southbendjacket

March 9th, 2010
12:20 pm

Has anyone seen this kid’s footwork. When he does get the ball in the post, doesn’t he travel most of the time.

Chas

March 9th, 2010
12:33 pm

He’s definitely not polished and is not ready to make an impact in the NBA but i’m guessing he’ll flee. It is a broken system we have not the players fault. I’d leave too if some team offered me mega bucks on my potential. But he needs to work on his game and either be a post up player with some moves or someone who can blow past his defender. Right now he cannot do either.