Favors, Lawal on futures at Tech

MILWAUKEE - Derrick Favors said after the game Sunday that he hasn’t decided whether he would leave Georgia Tech after one year for the NBA, that he would take time to sit down with his family and people close to him in the coming days.

But he did say the following, which would interest Georgia Tech fans.

I asked him if there was a chance he’d come back to Tech next year.

“There’s a chance,” Favors said. “A 50-50 chance.”

Projected as the No. 4 overall pick by NBAdraft.net, and almost assuredly a lottery pick , you figure it would be a pretty clear-cut decision for Favors and he’d be gone. That he’s not completely ruling it out at this point is worth noting.

Tech has spring break next week, and Tech coach Paul Hewitt said he expected it might a week to 10 days before he sits down and figures out who’s likely to return and who’s likely to leave.

“We’ve just got to have time to decompress a little bit and maybe the following week sit down and start talking about that,” Hewitt said.  

Both Favors and Gani Lawal said Sunday they hadn’t spent much time on the subject yet. If Lawal puts in for the NBA draft for a second time as an underclassman, he cannot withdraw his name like he did last year.

“I haven’t thought about it,” Lawal said Sunday, and then this of his immediate plans: ”Go home, go to sleep. Forget about this (Sunday’s loss to Ohio State). Try to. I’m not going to think about anything, just get on my school books.”

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Delbert D.

March 21st, 2010
8:51 pm

Don’t recruit any more “lottery picks”. Recruit soem guys who can pass and shoot the dang ball.

MorningJacket

March 21st, 2010
8:52 pm

I know a Tech student who is in a class with Favors and tried to talk him into staying. He just laughed and said why should he work hard to study at Tech when he can “make millions in the NBA.” Exact words. He’s gone, folks. Move on.

Delbert D.

March 21st, 2010
8:52 pm

I’m so angry I can’t spell straight.

Biff Pocoroba

March 21st, 2010
8:59 pm

They aren’t going to improve playing for “coach” hewitt so they might as well leave.

Texas Jacket

March 21st, 2010
9:00 pm

I wish them the best whichever way they go. But gotta agree with Delbert. Recruit some team players with sound fundamentals so even CPH can coach them.

Mr. Belvedere

March 21st, 2010
9:00 pm

Just like Bay Bay said he was coming back after the ACC championship game right? Favors is gone and who can blame him. Get that money while you can!

Sarcasticuas.

March 21st, 2010
9:05 pm

Hewitt said, “But I felt really strong about the philosophy and the mission at Georgia Tech. And I thought it was really cheap and deceitful, really, to act like I pulled one over on somebody.”

Well CPH, if that is the case recruit some sound COLLEGE players and not phenoms you know won’t stick around — and probably couldn’t anyway.

Greg

March 21st, 2010
9:06 pm

Sigh…… we’re gonna suck next year.

RDU Jacket

March 21st, 2010
9:12 pm

So now everyone is back on the “hate Hewitt” bandwagon. Everyone drilled me for being negative on Hewitt after the OK State win. Take a side and quit waffling. He is not a good game coach and his players consistantly under perform offensively.

HOWEVER, I do believe that Glenn Rice Jr and Brian Oliver are going to be 3 or 4 year players and will be big time scorers for GT. If we can get a big man who can post up and stay more than one year (like Lawal but stay 3 years), then we will be a very good offensive team. But ONLY if Hewitt goes to coaching clinics or leaves for St. Johns.

Casey

March 21st, 2010
9:18 pm

They are likely leaving! Let’s accept it! Do we have any idea who our bigs are going to be next year?? – when all three leave?!? We are going to suck. This was the window! – albiet a one year window.

Greg

March 21st, 2010
9:22 pm

Brad Sheehan will start YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Casey

March 21st, 2010
9:28 pm

LOL @ Greg!!! Great!

Franky

March 21st, 2010
9:36 pm

Go Get That Money Mr. Favors!

2HLLWGA

March 21st, 2010
9:36 pm

@Delbert – I agree – recruit players that want to be here. One of our best years was after Bosh and his high expectations left.

We seem to play really well when we are pressing. Why did we stop? IS needs to be able to lead this press next year!

hater

March 21st, 2010
9:40 pm

Lawal is Garbage!!! He need another year in college to prove he understand the game. I hope he do stay because it would be (putting it mildly), “worthless” for someone to draft him at this stage.

Biff Pocoroba

March 21st, 2010
9:54 pm

Greg, Sheehan has graduated. Unless he goes to graduate school, he is probably gone also. It will be Daniel Miller and no one else in the middle next year.

GT in 2010-11

March 21st, 2010
9:59 pm

How can either Favors or Lawal make it in the NBA? They can’t handle passes from college guards! What a major case of BRICK HANDS by both of them. Lawal can greatly increase his potential pro value by staying one more year and working on his weaknesses. A new coach would help even more. Forget Favors. He is gone and will ride a bench while someone hopes he grows up.

Dragon

March 21st, 2010
10:05 pm

Lawal still needs a year; Favors can’t move up anymore in the draft. If Favors doesn’t leave, he’s crazy. it looked like the zone flummoxed them, something they won’t see in the NBA.

What a sad way to end a season when Northern Iowa took out Kansas. The Jackets just didn’t play like they did in Greensboro.

Greg

March 21st, 2010
10:13 pm

Bill, Sheehan is a RS Junior, he will stay and play just like D’Andre did because his role will grow next year.

gt21

March 21st, 2010
10:22 pm

Would everybody quit hating on paul hewitt!!!! he has proven he can coach n has big game experience!!! let him do his thing and believe me, if we get favors n lawal back next yr, its over!!!! FINAL FOUR n maybe NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!

foxandcoon

March 21st, 2010
10:30 pm

They are G O N E !!

Ga Tech Old Timer

March 21st, 2010
10:38 pm

The way they played this past season – along with the rest of the team – they need to return for more practice and an exercise in how to play as a team. Then, when they win the ACC and go to the NCAA tournament – and win there – then and only then should they think about jumping ship. Why the hell didn’t they just go to GA state or DeKalb College to play ball? What was so special about going to Tech so they could play one year and drop out? If they can find an answer to what was special about Tech- isn’t it still special after one or two years? Sorry, but these folks epitomize college players in general who play football or basketball. I’m #1 – me first generation – not – I’m here for an education and let’s learn to play together as a team and do something great with all the talent we’ve got here. The game I watched today was completely undisciplined with way too many turnovers and poor shooting – especially 3 pointers. How do these kids think they will play like pros when they play like a sandlot pickup team?

misterwax

March 21st, 2010
10:51 pm

Unless there is a major pick up in more freshmen “phenom” recruiting, tickets should be cheap and available next year….. lots of empty seats…Maybe Obama and Bernanke can give GTAA a bailout for funds.

GT Grad

March 21st, 2010
10:54 pm

I don’t blame Favors for leaving. Although I watch a lot of NBA games and know that Favors will get CRUSHED in the NBA. He won’t be NBA ready for at least 3-4 years.

Tokyo jacket

March 21st, 2010
11:38 pm

2hllwga: dude, our best year was after Bosch because we had a slew of juniors. That was the most talented and senior team I’ve experienced since I’ve been associated with Tech (mid 90’s). GT has WAY too many one and dones. We’re not like other programs where one and dones come and go but the championships remain.

Who was the last one and done at Duke?

Tokyo jacket

March 21st, 2010
11:44 pm

gt21: are you a retard? how exactly has he proven he can coach? I’m not calling for his head or anything, but I sure as hell wouldn’t say he has proven he can coach. Only has one year with a winning record in the ACC and that was 9-7. Who is it that he’s coached up in their tenure at Tech?

Tokyo jacket

March 21st, 2010
11:46 pm

Oh, and back on topic, yes, they’re both gone. Both lottery picks. And both not ready to play in the NBA.

Greg

March 21st, 2010
11:53 pm

The NBA drafts on potential not results in college which is why Wall is getting picked over Turner and guys that lead the country in scoring (Houston’s Aubry Coleman) aren’t usually picked in the first round. Favors has all the skills necessary to become a Amare Stoudemire-Al Horford mix player. I don’t think Lawal can get better if he stays a year because he did the same thing this year as he did last year which was rock non-conference opponents and then dwindle in the physical ACC schedule.

white & old gold

March 22nd, 2010
12:06 am

Tokyo Jacket: Was Luol Deng a one and done?

white & old gold

March 22nd, 2010
12:15 am

Favors will go. He’ll be a top 5 pick i believe. Lawal is iffy. I think he should stay another year, because I don’t think he’s near NBA ready, but he may have a shot at being a lottery pick. If both go (which I think will happen) my guess is Daniel Miller starts and then maybe Sheehan or Kammeon Holsey. Holsey will be a RS Freshman (he tore up his knee in preseason). He’s listed as a 4 star recruit by scout.com. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

Our frontcourt could be very good if they shoot well. Iman (though he’s not a pg), moe miller, and mfon at the point. Oliver and rice formidable SGs. watch for more playing time for storrs next year. jason morris (incoming freshman) could challenge for some time at SG or SF next year. and who knows, nick foreman could perform…

white & old gold

March 22nd, 2010
12:30 am

backcourt i mean*

Pope UGA XXIII

March 22nd, 2010
12:51 am

He certainly didn’t learn anything from Hewitt in his first year.
One & done should be the decision.

Bob in SF

March 22nd, 2010
1:14 am

Favors’ game is not ready for the NBA but he will still probably be drafted in the top 5, top 10 at worst. That’s a huge reason why the NBA has gotten so unwatchable; kids playing who don’t know fundamentals or how to play a team game. The NBA needs to change the draft rules to same as NCAA baseball; either go pro right after high school and play in the minors (D-League) or wait until after your junior year to enter the draft. That way there would be more continuity in the college game and the players would be better prepared physically and mentally for the pros.

GIVE ME A BREAK

March 22nd, 2010
1:26 am

DUKE would never have taken Favors. Learn a lesson Hewitt.

Yumpomillion

March 22nd, 2010
2:15 am

50 – 50 that he’s going to come back, huh? Maybe he meant 50 minus 50, which is zero. That’s about what I think the odds are of his coming back.

Yumpomillion

March 22nd, 2010
2:22 am

I agree with you, Bob in SF. Of course David Stern is on the record as saying that it’s not the NBA’s problem. I guess he figures he can do what he wants no matter who or what he’s stepping on. The college game is worse because of his attitude. I’d like to see somebody with money influence over the NBA, such as a big sponsor, rattle his cage on that issue.

Yumpomillion

March 22nd, 2010
2:26 am

Ga Tech Old Timer: “Why the hell didn’t they just go to GA state or DeKalb College to play ball? What was so special about going to Tech so they could play one year and drop out? If they can find an answer to what was special about Tech- isn’t it still special after one or two years?”

I think the answer to that question is TV exposure. Otherwise you’re right, there would be no reason to come to a program where you aren’t going to get an education and not even get coached.

Kay

March 22nd, 2010
5:55 am

Ga Tech Oldtimer: Good point. Sounds like Tech is just used by the “One and Dones.”

Jesse Stone

March 22nd, 2010
6:13 am

Last Duke 1 and done? Corey Maggette?

wiley

March 22nd, 2010
6:40 am

Feast or famine in this situation. If Gani and Derrick returned GT would be a favorite to win the ACC and make a deep tourney run. With out them we will not have anyone with starting experience down low and will likely struggle in the ACC…as is usual under Hewitt. If one of them returns we should be a very solid team. It sucks that we have to rely so heavily on two players. Do keep in mind this is all assuming we don’t suddenly develop quality guard play.

chip

March 22nd, 2010
7:02 am

I heard Favors failed out of Tech—so he is one and done

LongTimeJacketFanatic

March 22nd, 2010
7:17 am

I’m sorry but I will not go out of my way any more to watch GT B-ball. It is not this loss it is Paul Hewit. Somehow GT’s B-ball teams do just enough to keep his job, that is what they call baing MEDIOCRE!!!

lagadawg

March 22nd, 2010
7:39 am

I think if coach Fox coached at GT they would still be playing and won several more games including UGA,you should be glad if he leaves to coach another team.

NoCoach Blewitt

March 22nd, 2010
7:40 am

He isn’t even showing up for classes this semester ….. he is all but gone

NoCoach Blewitt

March 22nd, 2010
7:46 am

RDU — I don’t know who you are refering to as wafflers but I started driving the “fire Blewey” bus during the 2004-2005 season and have never left my seat. Also, regarding Rice and Oliver it is probably all downhill from here …. Players skills set stays the same at best under Blewey, they do not improve. Of course after the repeat of the 2008-2009 season next year Ol’ Paul might (please please please) be on his way out the door

NoLion

March 22nd, 2010
7:51 am

What happend to the days, when you went to college to get an education? When you sign these kids out of High School, they should include in their letter of intent, a committment for four years of playing otherwise, their salary + bonus for the remaining years of their commitment goes back to the college- a minimium salary of 75k. Maybe these show horses will stick around and get a good education and so they won’t get screwed by their sports and finiancial managers. The NCAA needs to address this issue instead of walking around seeing how many times a booster calls a high school kid on a cell phone during his senior year. I’m not a GT fan, but it seems to me if I was a coach I would rather have a work horse instead of a show horse. Someone who is committed to the program, than one who is using the college as a stepping stone. After Favors finishes his playing days he is going to wish he had an education to fall back on. Gani, made a smart decision to return last year, and he would make a smarter decision to return again next year, and get his degree.

NoLion

March 22nd, 2010
7:57 am

Another point for these boys and I mean boys, because they do not know better. If they look around the NBA, they will find approx 28% of the PRO’S played at smaller schools or so called mid majors….Something for consideration

NoLion

March 22nd, 2010
8:03 am

researching it may be higher than 28%

UGAissolastyear

March 22nd, 2010
8:06 am

Carroll, the question should be….who cares??? If Hewitt is back, it will be the same old story – possibly, even worse if we can imagine that!!!

A Rob

March 22nd, 2010
8:08 am

Bye bye Favors. He’s gone and who can blame him. Lawal on the other hand, got worse as the season progressed. He became a TO machine like everyone else on the team except Favors. The only players that got better as the season progressed were Favors, Miller, and Rice. Lawal really dropped IMO. Bet he’s back next year when he can be our #1 option.