Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors was named the ACC’s rookie of the year today.
The 6-10 forward averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who will play North Carolina at 7 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the ACC tournament in Greensboro. Favors has declined to say if he will be leaving Tech after the season for the NBA. He said last week that he will sit down after the season and make a decision.
He is the 11th Tech player to receive the honor. Other players to win the award include: Chris Bosh (2003), Ed Nelson (2002), Stephon Marbury (1996), Martice Moore (1993), Kenny Anderson (1990), Dennis Scott (1987), Tom Hammonds (1986), Duane Ferrell (1985), Bruce Dalrymple (1984) and Mark Price (1983).
“I’m happy to be in that company,” Favors said in a statement. “I’ve just tried to come in and work hard and get stronger, and not pay any attention to the pressure. I’ve had to learn how to bounce back from a bad game, stay out of foul trouble, when to take good shots, and how to fight through fatigue.”
Favors leads the conference’s freshmen in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage (60.4), blocked shots (2.0) and double-doubles (8).
“I’m very happy that Derrick has been recognized in this way as Rookie of the Year in the ACC,” coach Paul Hewitt said in a statement. “He has shown steady growth and progress this year, and this award is very much deserved.”
ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR VOTING
Derrick Favors, Ga Tech 45
Jordan Williams, Maryland 6
Durand Scott, Miami 1
Glen Rice Jr., Ga Tech 1
In other ACC basketball news, Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez was named the player of the year. Voting:
ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Greivis Vasquez, Md 39
Jon Scheyer, Duke 12
Malcolm Delaney, VT 2
And Maryland’s Gary Williams was named the coach of the year. Voting:
ACC COACH OF THE YEAR
Gary Williams, Maryland 42
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke 8
Seth Greenberg, VT 2
Leonard Hamilton, FSU 1
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