‘The Next Derrick Favors’ names UGA among leaders, no interest in following in NBA lottery pick’s footsteps to Georgia Tech

South Atlanta High’s Nick Jacobs, who is one of the state’s top basketball prospects and has UGA among his leaders, can’t escape the comparisons with NBA lottery pick Derrick Favors.

It doesn’t have anything to do with playing styles or body types, as the two are very different in those areas.

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The root of the comparisons tip off with timing, as Jacobs was the heir apparent to Favors as South Atlanta’s marquee player last season. The 6-foot-9, 255-pound Jacobs was a dominating presence in the paint, averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds while leading the Hornets to the state playoffs. Also, Jacobs is yet another big-time recruit out of South Atlanta’s storied program, which has produced numerous major-college prospects over the years.

Jacobs is friends with and has a lot of respect for Favors, as the two teamed together to lead South Atlanta to the state championship two years ago. However, Jacobs would rather be known for his own basketball abilities rather than “the next Derrick Favors.”

That’s one of the reasons why Jacobs never really explored the option of playing college ball at Georgia Tech, following in the footsteps of Favors. Tech never offered a scholarship. But when the Jackets sent out early feelers to gauge his interest, it was “thanks, but no thanks” from Jacobs.

“Georgia Tech is a good school with good players and a good coach,” Jacobs said. “It was never an option because … it’s just not the best fit for me.”

When asked if his lack of interest in Georgia Tech had to do with escaping the never-ending comparisons to Favors, Jacobs laughed and said, “I think you might have hit the nail on the head.”

South Atlanta coach Michael Reddick says he completely understands his player’s stance. “To follow behind somebody who was a consensus national high school player of the year … there’s already so many comparisons by people. Nick would like to go some place and make his own path without that extra eye being placed on him, comparing him to Derrick Favors.”

Well, while we are on the topic, how to Jacobs and Favors compare? “There’s a difference,” Reddick said. “Derrick is probably a little more agile and more athletic. But Nick is a bigger and stronger kid at the same age. It’s two different styles of play. Then again, Nick plays a little more at center, while Derrick was a power forward for us in high school.”


Nick Jacob (No. 54) is one of the state's top five basketball prospects (AJC)

Jacobs announced his five leaders on Thursday night: UGA, Clemson, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Florida State. He also has offers from Auburn, Miami and Cincinnati, among others.

There’s an UGA connection with Jacobs — his cousin David Jacobs played defensive end for the Bulldogs. His football career was cut short in 2001 by a stroke.

“[David] tells me Georgia is a good situation,” Jacobs said. “With Trey Thompkins and some other players leaving after next season, it will be a good opportunity to go in there and get some good minutes.”

Jacobs plans to make 3-4 official visits at the beginning of the school year and sign in November.

What do colleges like about Jacobs? “He’s big, strong and brings a load,” Reddick said. “He’s very skilled in the low post. He’s a tenacious rebounder.”

“He tells me Georgia is a good situation,” Nick said. “With
Trey Thompkins and some other players leaving after next
season, it will be a good opportunity to go in there and get
some good minutes.”
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65 comments Add your comment

Coach T

July 9th, 2010
5:42 am

I think it speaks volumes to the integrity and character of David Jacobs for speaking so highly of his alma mater after Georgia football nearly killed him. They should try to hire him back at Georgia in some capacity.


July 9th, 2010
8:47 am

“… after Georgia football nearly killed him.” Really? I thought it was the stroke that nearly killed him.


July 9th, 2010
9:00 am

Coach T: You’re officially a moron.

As Buckett alluded to David Jacobs had a stroke. The Dawg nation rallied around the young man big time and I’ll guarantee Jacobs has great things to say about Georgia.

This is nothing but a positive in the recruitment of his cousin.


July 9th, 2010
9:04 am



July 9th, 2010
9:05 am

What the Bucket are you talking about?


July 9th, 2010
9:14 am

Coach T, I’m definitely not a Georgia fan but your statement has got to be one of the stupidest, senseless and moronic offerings that I have ever seen.


July 9th, 2010
9:35 am

Finally we see Fox getting in on some great talent. This kid likes UGA for a reason….no knock on Tech…as we all know they can get players to the next level. There are plenty of great players in this state and GT will get there 4 and 5 stars with plenty left to spare. Good job Coach Fox!


July 9th, 2010
10:21 am

Hope to see you at UGA kid. Hey Carvell, what no comments about Da Rick?


July 9th, 2010
10:41 am

Coach T officially makes the least intelligent remark I’ve ever seen on these blogs, and that’s really saying something. David Jacobs loves UGA and UGA loves him…the reaction amongst the fans and his teammates as he ran on the field during senior day brought a tear to my eye. The University of Georgia did not cause the young man to have a stroke, but it damn sure helped lift him up afterwards.

Ted Striker

July 9th, 2010
10:41 am

1) David Jacobs is a class guy and never quits.

2) Nick Jacobs sounds like a heck of a player and a guy with his head on right.


July 9th, 2010
10:44 am

Hope we see him in Athens. Would be a good fit. If not, good luck still with your future choice of school.

How about Da Rick Rogers getting arrested for fighting in Knoxville bar. The dumb___ has not played a down and is already arrested. Georgia avoided a problem guy with Tenn signing him.


July 9th, 2010
11:01 am

This is another example of the type of outstanding young men Mark Fox is going after at UGA. Give the man time, and good things are on the way!

As for the Rogers incident, at least UGA avoided headlines of this type from him. Also, with the second possible incident against the other Georgia UT sophmore, he just could be gone if it is found that he was involved. This is the “baptism of fire” for Derek Dooley. It will only make him better at handling these things as time goes on. I am sure he will send a message to others that he will not tolerate things of this type. Derek has a big advantage, he has been around a successful program all his life. He should do very well at UT.


July 9th, 2010
11:04 am

I hope this young man plays for coach Fox because he will be well coached at uga. When I saw the dawgs first game under coach Fox I knew right away that uga has stepped on a goldmine. If he(Fox) had a good pg they would have won more games and they would have gone deeper into the sec tm. They now have Gerald Robinson(pg) and Mr.Basketball so look for the dawgs to win the SEC in 2011 and they have a good chance to win a national championship this season.

We can enjoy watching this young man

July 9th, 2010
12:34 pm

David Jacobs is a great kid and was close to CMR in the day. If his cousin attends the U of GA, I would love watching him play. it is exciting that now some of the fabulous kids in this sate are considering UGA.

I my day, Roy Stanley of CARVER HS was the biggest HS sports name in the south in 67 along with Ronnie Blomberg and a few others. Blomberg headed to the NY Yankees right our of HS and Roy Stanley played for W Va and Bowdon and I never got over that. Where is he now? I worked with him in a highway job many, many years ago, pre college days. Kids from inner city southern schools had to go to the middle of the USA or to the Big Ten to play. Bad that was. Glad that it changed.

Go Dogs.


July 9th, 2010
2:17 pm

Tony….please dont make other UGA fans look bad. We are far away from a national championship…we may want to focus on a winning record and better than last place finish first. You need to walk before you can run…and Fox doesnt quite have the talent to push programs like Duke, Syracuse…etc yet. Dont put such high expectations on the man because all he can do is not meet them…it takes years and years to build a championship program…they dont just happen overnight. The goal needs to be making the tourney and being competitive in our league.


July 9th, 2010
2:57 pm

The REAL story was UGA recruited Nick Jacobs with a constant diatribe of “All you’ll be considered at Tech is…the next Derrick Favors. You’ll always play in his and wont be your own man.”

Seems like the negative recruiting from UGA is working on him.

Too bad for any kid can be so easily swayed with negative recruiting.


July 9th, 2010
3:01 pm

The AD job is open for the elder Jacobs, he is atleast as qualified as Evans. We start our Red Panty Gate investigation next week.

saw it first hand

July 9th, 2010
3:07 pm

Basketball stud interested in Dawgs and not Tech……YES…………Boy, is the tide turning, and Hewitt is locked into TECH forever……………8 of 9 and 30-24…..with Willie running the D

James Stewart

July 9th, 2010
3:14 pm

I noticed in the paper that dickhead Rogers was arrested for fighting in a bar. did his sissy qb friend father pay his way out.


July 9th, 2010
3:17 pm

You know why? He can’t make the grades at Tech.


July 9th, 2010
3:39 pm

good luck dogs with a one and done.


July 9th, 2010
3:41 pm

Stinger it has nothing to do with grades. Congrats to the kid and good luck to him…not every 4 or 5 star player in the state wants to play for tech. We are still Georgia Tech…a basketball program with tradition in the best basketball conference in the LAND. We will get our share of talent and this is probably about he best UGA will get….no knock on Fox. You can still win with 3 and 4 star guys. Heck we have plenty of talent right now….I bet you many coaches in the nation would trade there roster for ours. Everyone knows college basketball is all about guard play…look at the teams that win year after year. They all have superb guard play….all we need next year is Miller(6-11 4 star recruit from 2010) and Holsey(6-9 4 star recruit from 2010) to step up and score enough to free up our guards for open shots. With Shumpert, Rice Jr, Moe Miller, Oliver and the addition of Jason Morris(4 star SG from 2011) we should be able to make some noise in an ACC with several other rebuilding programs reeling from coaching hires and NBA departures. Georgia Tech recruiting is still head and shoulders above UGA basketball recruiting but Fox seems to be making some progress. I wont comment on Hewitt but Tech, no matter the coach, will always recruit top flight talent. We have the established tradition, the league, and the facilities to compete with the best. End of discussion. Congrats to the kid though.


July 9th, 2010
3:45 pm

Hey Stinger,

Favors couldn’t make the grades either. That is why he was always going to be one and done. Joe Hamilton was not exactly an academic all-american either…


July 9th, 2010
3:47 pm

And I will be the first to admit UGA’s academic standards for its athletes are nothing to write home about. Just don’t try and make it out like Tech is any different.


July 9th, 2010
3:49 pm

As a GT guy, I can honestly say that I never want to see another one-and-done guy come through. Bosh and Favors were enough for me. Let’s stick with the solid players that will stay 3 or 4 years and try to build this thing back up the right way. If I were a UGA fan, on the other hand, I would certainly want to take a shot at him. I like what Fox has done and this would get the program even more good press.


July 9th, 2010
4:00 pm

y, just remember what I said young man.


July 9th, 2010
4:03 pm

Willie…I feel your pain. Oh and I forgot to mention PG Mfon Udofia(4 star recruit 2010) transferrer SG Brandon Reed(Averaged 15 points a year last year as a freshman), who must sit out next season, not to mention players who rode the bench last year like Nick Foreman(great defensive present like Mario West) and SG Lance Storrs(hopefully a senior leader for this team). According to the official Tech website Brad Sheehan is still on the roster. Can anyone confirm if he will be back next year? We could sure use another 7 footer for spot time and his leadership could be valuable too. Hopefully the new offense takes advantage of our depth at guard…we are absolutely loaded at SG and PG. Just need the PFs to take pressure of them and we should be able to make the NCAA tourney again.


July 9th, 2010
4:03 pm

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July 9th, 2010
4:03 pm

nick jacobs is a man child.i watched him against westover high school.if the guard play would have stepped it up in the 4th quarter he would have dominated and went on to led south atlanta to back to back state championships.he would have dominated in the state championship game.georgia will be getting a monster of a player for their program


July 9th, 2010
4:05 pm

Im actually not a young man. I am a retired Attorney, UGA law grad, and substantial donor to the AA. Its idiots like you that make us look bad. Ignore him people real UGA fans expect realistic improvement not unreachable goals. Your setting yourself for failure…good lord.


July 9th, 2010
4:24 pm

Now I understand this young man is a good player but is he really on the elite level of players like Favors,Young, Critterton, and Bosh? ie players who would go straight to the league if they could? He is the 103rd best player in the nation(12th best center) according to rivals…not to shabby but calling him the next Derrick Favors is a little bit of a stretch. Im sure he will be a good player though.


July 9th, 2010
4:43 pm

You are right Jackets! He is not quite at that level. I do wonder though why he isnt getting a little more attention then he has gotten. It looks like his best offer is from Clemson and he apparently hasnt gotten much attention from GT. Thats a little strange for a solid 4 star player and top 5 in the state. I wonder why the elite programs arent going after him a little more.

Old Gold

July 9th, 2010
4:46 pm

I want my mommy

Jackets 92

July 9th, 2010
5:08 pm

I honestly can’t say I blame the kid. If he wants to play for a coach who has a desire to win, he needs to look outside of Atlanta

UGA Hoops???

July 9th, 2010
6:27 pm

The UGA Basketball Team: the only place where wanted criminals can go unnoticed for 2 years, while playing on TV weekly. Yeah, kid, its a great situation for you.


July 9th, 2010
6:49 pm

It takes a lot of class to be this tactful by this young of an athlete. If Tech is going to be turned down by a player, this was about as nice a way to do it. He could have a VERY bright future ahead of him (and hopefully he will also GET A DEGREE)!!!!

I wish him all the best except when we play him.


Delbert D.

July 9th, 2010
6:51 pm

Seantrel Henderson is going to Miami, according to NY Times.


July 9th, 2010
6:51 pm

your response to my post is something a child will do. When our young men basketball team win the SEC title this season you owe me an apology. That team has enough weapons on it to win it all this season. Coach Fox has the coaching ability to get this team over the hump. I never said that they will win a national championship this season but I do believe they have a good chance.

When I saw the Falcons play their first game of the regular season in 1997 I told my people and friends that the Falcons were going to get to the SB but everyone thought I was being silly. They don’t think I was being silly now. I also believe the dawg’s football team will go undefeated in the regular season this yr but I’m not sure if they can beat Saban and the Tides.


July 9th, 2010
7:23 pm

Can you please get my red panties back? geeze! Evans = Loser and UGA = loser school, which = loserville. THWG!


July 9th, 2010
7:26 pm

Hey Anchorman: UGA’s basketball exams under your beloved Harrick were bruatlly hard. Don’t talk about academics, as there are no comparisons between GT and UGA. I mean………….think about it……..how many points is a 3 point basket worth? and where is the half court line? get real dude…………..UGA is a joke and always will be. Have fun watching louzy football team suck it up again this year, even with a pitiful schedule. You still suck! THWG!


July 9th, 2010
8:22 pm

It seems really stupid when you get all the moronic grownups talking mess back and forth about a high school player. Let the man go where he wants to go. Where, how long he plays has nothing to do with you idiots. Get your own life.

Burdell, PhD

July 9th, 2010
11:11 pm

In other words…the kid’s just not that smart.

Paul in RDU

July 9th, 2010
11:53 pm

Good luck to the kid – I hope he ends up at a University that suits him academically, athletically and socially and has a successful career. As the “next big man” from South Atlanta HS he’s probably been compared to Favors for several years and that’s not fair to anybody – Favors was a top 5 recruit out of HS and the “next guy” is always going to have a difficult rep to follow. He has offers from schools in good conferences and so he has a chance to shine in college while following his own path.

Right On Time

July 10th, 2010
1:23 am

Wiley is right on…

tech out-recruits UGA in b-ball and UGA out-recruits tech in football. It is just an “is”.
I could recruit for tech basketball and I hate ‘em.

However, I do think the Dawgs are building something in roundball.


July 10th, 2010
1:25 am

Nice article, Michael.

For future reference it should be “a” UGA and not “an” UGA. The difference, here, hinges not on the leading vowel, U, but on its sound – y – a consonant sound in this case.

Right On Time

July 10th, 2010
1:26 am

…I almost forgot.

I think we were all inspired by David Jacobs and will still have a soft spot for him
whether Nick comes or not.


July 10th, 2010
1:42 am

Thought this article was about a very talented youngster
out of the South Atlanta program. Nick Jacobs will be a
highly sought after player next year – write it down.
Instead, the usual stuff having no relevance whatsoever
to the topic lands here: Seantrell Henderson, U T barfight,
Tech’s academics and returning bench depth, Jim Harrick Jr’s
famous exam, and Joe Hamilton’s report card don’t seem to
add a whole lot to the subject.
Can the AJC start a blog for these people who just want to
pop off about whatever they choose to with no regard for the
article ??


July 10th, 2010
1:50 am

Well when that happens ill personally apologize to you. I dont see it happening but I will be dancing in the streets if it ever does. I just think we need to build a program…not put the cart ahead of the horse…you know. Whatever….we will see. I will be at every home game…will you?


July 10th, 2010
3:31 am

And you posted this on the GA Tech web page, why?


July 10th, 2010
5:08 am

Why would any high school player want to play for Paul Hewitt??????