Favors named ACC rookie of the year

Favors is the 11th Tech player to be named ACC rookie of the year.

Favors is the 11th Tech player to be named ACC rookie of the year.

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.”

Player Votes
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:

Player Votes
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:

Coach Votes
Gary Williams, Maryland 42
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke 8
Seth Greenberg, VT 2
Leonard Hamilton, FSU 1

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Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

March 9th, 2010
1:56 pm

Congrats Derrick!

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Paul in RDU

March 9th, 2010
2:04 pm

Congratulations to Derrick and to Vasquez.
Doug – From looking at the ACC all-freshman team, I noticed that Favors received 52 out of 53 ballots. Which idiot thought Favors was not one of the 5 best freshmen in the conference?

phoenix falcon

March 9th, 2010
2:07 pm


now when he comes back next year, he can get the other trophy, MVP………………..

Too Easy

March 9th, 2010
2:19 pm

Tallest midget?


March 9th, 2010
2:37 pm

Who cares? It means nothing if Tech cannot get into the dance. I would jump to the NBA and leave Hewitt in the dust the follows!

Chuck Taylor

March 9th, 2010
3:05 pm

Just more evidence that P. Blewitt cannot coach. He recruits well, but a head coach needs to be able to game-prep, and then adjust the plan, in real-time, during the game. I’ve never seen that accomplished by CPH


March 9th, 2010
3:11 pm

You’d think with all the ROOKIE of the years, Tech would have a whole bunch of Final Four visits at least. Gotta believe that this is one of most underachieving teams of all times.


March 9th, 2010
3:14 pm

Just bumped into Thaddeus Young. He said that Favors may be a little frustrated like he was when at GT. He says that CPH loves big gaurds, but usually they are 2-gaurds being forced to play the point. And Shumpert, like J Critt back in his day, struggle with post entry passing. If this team had a strong 1-gaurd, Favors and Lawal would take off! Jarrett Jack is the last good 1-gaurd Gt had, and you know where that team went…Championship game…

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March 9th, 2010
3:17 pm

Congratulations Derrick! ACC Rookie of the year.

Tech Rules

March 9th, 2010
3:17 pm

It should be noted that IIRC, Tom Hammonds was the last ACC FOY to play four years for Tech. I imagine Derrick will be going down the same path. I for one, want to thank him for stopping by.


March 9th, 2010
3:22 pm

Delany on 2 votes for player of the year, wow. I think he’s better then Vasquez. Vasquez did finish nice.

Conyers Yellow Jacket

March 9th, 2010
3:27 pm

Congratulations to Derrick. Well deserved. Too bad his coach and team mates could not do enough
to support his play. Had they done half as much, GT would have finished no worse the second
in the ACC regular season.


March 9th, 2010
3:28 pm

Congrats DF. Have a huge game Thursday vs the Heels.


March 9th, 2010
3:36 pm

Imagine being named ACC Rookie (Freshman) of the Year, also being on the NCAA All Freshman Team, and not even making 3rd team All ACC…..something is just not right there! Come on media folks, be consistent!!

Tech Fan

March 9th, 2010
3:48 pm

Way to go Derrick!

North Ave. Realist

March 9th, 2010
3:56 pm

One and Done, thanks for the memories D Favors! Please do us all a Favor and graduate (from Tech). Has anyone checked his school grades yet? Does he have the grades to stick around another year?


March 9th, 2010
4:02 pm

Go Derrick, thank you for coming to GT, you have made a big difference, its understandable that your future may be short lived at Tech, prehaps you would have consider to stay longer if the coach was a game coach, that right he does not know how to make on the run adjustments, this should be the time he started looking for a moving company, Tech needs to win at least 2 games in the ACC Tournament and then another two more in the NCAA Tournament, watch and see!


March 9th, 2010
5:53 pm

When you nerds make comments about UGA players being thugs read the paper first.


March 9th, 2010
6:23 pm

I remember reading a scouting report a few years ago about Anthony Morrow, who is currently lighting up the NBA for the Golden State Warriors.

The scout said he was surprised at what such a good player Morrow was, but he really shouldn’t have been, considering he played at Tech. He was asked what he meant about that and the scout said basically that Tech has always had talent, but their coaching staff just doesn’t do a good job of putting them in positions to succeed.

This is why Tech wins little, but puts a lot of athletes into the NBA.

Don’t fret Tech fans, as soon as I win the lotto i’ll go the to Tech administration and pay them personally the seven million that they need to get rid of CPH.


March 9th, 2010
6:36 pm

Favors seems to be a very nice young man…and the “real deal”.

How could he possibly have made such a stupid mistake…wasting a year at tech…he had sooo many options!

Delbert D.

March 9th, 2010
6:53 pm

North Ave. Realist -
His last class will be the day before the team leaves for the ACC tournament.


March 9th, 2010
7:23 pm

Congratulations, Derrick.

It is ashame to know that he would have been national rookie of the year with another coach. It is a real wakeup to how good this guy really is to know that in spite of Blewitt, he won this award!!


March 9th, 2010
7:28 pm

UGA is nothing but a bunch of thugs. Nuff Said.


March 9th, 2010
7:29 pm

SuperDawg, Did Boo Boo or Mark Richt furnish the beer? Just wondering???

Buckhead Bulldog

March 9th, 2010
7:39 pm

As I was doing my nightly sports scan, and my eye was caught by a picture on the AJC Tech site. Not that y’all really care what a UGA guy thinks but those simple white uniforms with the gold TECH letttering and gold belt line are really sharp. My Dad went to GT in the 50s, and some of that older Tech stuff is pretty cool. The old gold and white is classic!


March 9th, 2010
8:07 pm

Congrats Derrick!!!! U deserve it and so much more. I look foward to many, many, many more years of Great Basketball from you! Luv U!!!

Innocent Bystander

March 9th, 2010
9:17 pm

So you’re telling me that Paul Hewitt failed to get even a single vote for ACC COTY? What has this world come to?!?!

But in all seriousness, congrats Derrick!

obvious truth

March 9th, 2010
11:07 pm

Well deserved award. Favors is best freshman big man to play at GT. If he had a true effective PG, he would have been first team All-ACC. If he’s drafted by a team with a true point, his numbers will show a better reflection of his vast talent. Thanks for the show D.Fav…now go make the money, schools are built into the ground, they arent going anywhere.


March 10th, 2010
2:15 am

Bravo, Favors! Unfortunately, GT gets another Rookie of the Year and another losing conference record.


March 10th, 2010
2:21 am

Favors gets ACC Rookie of the Year and Mettenberger gets a mugshot! Great day!


March 10th, 2010
2:22 am

Buckhead Dog: thanks for the positive comment and I agree, some of the throwbacks are soooooooooo much better than the standard uniforms.


March 10th, 2010
2:23 am

I like to picture the baby Jesus as the Tech AD and Paul Hewitt as the talking jackass.

NoCoach Blewitt

March 10th, 2010
7:57 am

Blewey didn’t get a vote for ACC coach of the year ……. this screams of the handy work of Mark Bradley ….. I mean obviously he gets the most out of his players and does a great job handling gameflow (timeouts, substitutions) ….. And don’t get me started on the picture perfect offensive gameplans he comes up with weekly

Congrats Derrick …. Hope you stay next year and are actually coached by someone who knows what they are doing … but if not all the best in the NBA.

VT Yellow Jacket

March 10th, 2010
8:45 am

Is it possible for any blog about GT basketball not to devolve into a series of calls for PH’s ouster? I don’t think it is. That’s gotta mean something, right DRad?


March 10th, 2010
9:48 am

Still lost to Georgia

Ghost of Whack Hyder

March 10th, 2010
11:06 am

Until Hewitt is gone, I am still spinning in my grave.


March 10th, 2010
2:24 pm

Who cares? It means nothing if Tech cannot get into the dance. I would jump to the NBA and leave Hewitt in the dust the follows!

Derrick Favors cares or atleast should care and I bet it means something to him. He should be very proud even if he played for a coach who’s become downright lowsy over the years as far as getting the most out of his talent is concerned.


March 10th, 2010
3:14 pm

congrats Derrick!