Bradley’s Buzz: Favors is down, but Georgia Tech’s up

Derrick Favors: Not yet on form. (AJC photo by Elissa Eubanks)

Derrick Favors against Indiana-PA. He has done less of this versus the ACC. (AJC photo by Elissa Eubanks)

According to the good folks at NBAdraft.net — the best site of its ilk, IMHO — Georgia Tech freshman Derrick Favors is now No. 6 in its 2010 mock. That’s down from No. 2 earlier this month, and that’s a rather significant drop.

There’s a reason. Given his hype, Favors isn’t having much of a freshman season. He’s averaging 11.1 points and 8.6 rebounds, and even those numbers mislead. Over the past eight games he’s averaging 9 points and 8.4 rebounds, with 22 turnovers and 20 fouls against seven assists. He has scored in double figures once in four ACC games.

In sum, he doesn’t resemble the player he was at South Atlanta High, where he was considered the nation’s top recruit by Scout.com. (John Wall, ranked No. 2, is not only the best freshman but the best player in the college game. And he’ll be the NBA’s No. 1 pick in June.)

Maybe we should have seen this coming. Favors was a post player in high school. Tech already had a post player — Gani Lawal, who’s having a great junior season and who NBAdraft.net projects as going 24th this summer. Favors is playing power forward and facing the basket, and he’s struggling from the change. (Hence the turnovers.) Sometimes you watch Tech for long stretches and you forget Favors is on the roster.

And that, for NBA scouts, is the issue. They come to Tech games in bunches and they leave having seen Favors do very little. Owing to fouls and Hewitt’s substitution whirl and the emergence of Zachery Peacock as Tech’s best clutch scorer, Favors doesn’t play very long. He worked 23 minutes against Charlotte, 21 against Georgia and 19 against North Carolina. And when scouts can’t evaluate what they can’t see.

From Tech’s perspective, there’s an encouraging flip side. Even with their most talented player struggling, the Jackets are climbing. Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com rates Tech a No. 5 NCAA tournament seed in his latest edition of Bracketology. Andy Glockner of SI.com has the Jackets a No. 6 seed, and Ryan Fagans of Sporting News Today has them a No. 4.

And that’s without Derrick Favors at anywhere close to peak capacity. Imagine how far the Jackets might go if he gets rolling. Elite Eight, maybe? Final Four, perhaps?

127 comments Add your comment

I still dont get...

January 19th, 2010
1:59 pm

…why there is no moral indignation as to what Derek Dooley did to LA Tech (Athletics Director AND Head Football Coach) as there was at UT over LK going to USC West!

Wow...

January 19th, 2010
2:04 pm

…everybody is boycotting Bradley!

Almost 13 minutes and still...

January 19th, 2010
2:05 pm

…only my two posts!

Reid Adair

January 19th, 2010
2:05 pm

It’s unfortunate that they have these “rankings” for players coming out of high school. It can reflect negatively on players like Derrick Favors, even though he is playing a position that he didn’t play in high school.

Perhaps that will mean Coach Hewitt and Georgia Tech will have Favors around for more than just one seson.

Cuz

January 19th, 2010
2:05 pm

Boycott, you kidding me, boycott? Boycott?

Sorry, channeling Poppa Jim Mora. .

mountain_jim

January 19th, 2010
2:06 pm

Maybe Favors will show up for Clemson tonight (ESPN2)

Then again...

January 19th, 2010
2:06 pm

…maybe everyone is boycotting a post related entirely to Tech!

Andy

January 19th, 2010
2:07 pm

I still dont get…

Because Tenn is a better job the La Tech. Would you turn down a higher paying job at a better company?

Now I can say it since I WAS...

January 19th, 2010
2:07 pm

Cuz

January 19th, 2010
2:09 pm

Mark, I am excited about the re-birth of the FANS OF CHAN. I think that Tech will give him another shot when Johnson leaves to take over the Bama program after Saban takes the HC job when the Rams move back to L.A.

Exactly, Andy (plus USC might be better job, too, and...

January 19th, 2010
2:11 pm

…everyone of these self-righteous writers, especially Barnhart, Schultz, and Bradley, would leave the AJC in a heartbeat if the NY Times came calling, or if, in Barnhart’s situation with CBS, ESPN or NBC came a calling. Leaving a team in a lurch is still leaving a team in a lurch! It’s called “situational ethics”!

Dan the Nerd

January 19th, 2010
2:11 pm

As a longtime fan of GT basketball I can tell you what every fan is thinking right now: Oh shoot – CPH is going to win just enough games to keep his job.

At least we can cheer for the hawks…

Buzzed Driving

January 19th, 2010
2:12 pm

Gani is schooling Favors. No way Favors should go higher than Gani. Favors needs another year.

cattle dawg

January 19th, 2010
2:12 pm

Oh, no,...

January 19th, 2010
2:12 pm

…don’t tell m about the Gailey shuffle off to Buffalo or we will have to read the “hallydamnlooya” comments all over again and the part about “thank God and Greyhouynd”!

Ryan

January 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

I still don’t get…

Did Dooley take the entire coaching staff with him?

I don't know, Andy...

January 19th, 2010
2:15 pm

…but he took the guy that does the hiring and firing for the whole athletics department with him!

I don't know, Andy...

January 19th, 2010
2:16 pm

oops, sorry Ryan – that should be I don’t know “Ryan”! My bad

MagnaCarterGT

January 19th, 2010
2:18 pm

I don’t think Favors will get rolling at all.

Very excited to see more of Mfon Udofia this season, though.

collegeballfan

January 19th, 2010
2:18 pm

I find the Favors thing a real mystery.

Herschel Talker

January 19th, 2010
2:22 pm

UGA > Georgia Tech > UNC

Buzz

January 19th, 2010
2:30 pm

At times, Favors looks lazy…not running the floor, getting outjumped for rebounds, not playing defense, and not hustling for loose balls. Maybe that’s why Hewitt is keeping him on the bench more.

Buzzed Driving

January 19th, 2010
2:31 pm

@Cuz
“FANS OF CHAN”, LOL. They are piping up again aren’t they. God, who are these people?

Alabama Jack

January 19th, 2010
2:31 pm

Irrelevant dawgs, please go home. Or better yet, go play in the traffic.

dc

January 19th, 2010
2:32 pm

Herschel Talker…Go find the Wofford blog.

Skeezix

January 19th, 2010
2:35 pm

Re: Tech basketball. The talent is there, so no excuses this year. Gani is a stud and the main reason Tech has done so well at this point. Don’t put too much stake into the Favors’
stats at this point—-he is a talented freshman learning to play in a tough league. He will improve by season’s end. But, hopefully the current trend will continue for Tech basketball.

Big Brother

January 19th, 2010
2:39 pm

Back-to-Back AJC.com BREAKING-NEWS Headlines:

* Bills seek texting-driving ban 12:37 p.m.
* AP: Bills hire Chan Gailey 1:26 p.m.

Is Buffalo really that afraid of people in the electronic media criticizing their ill-conceived hire while they drive?

Jackets Keep Rollin'

January 19th, 2010
2:41 pm

Playing in the ACC is an eye opener for freshmen. I think Favors is going through a typical freshman slump. He is still talented and will get better…His role is relegated slightly due to Lawal and Peacock playing well. And I agree with Bradley: if he gets in the groove the NCAA tourney will be AWESOME.

GO JACKETS!!!

Jackets Keep Rollin'

January 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

Favors is going through the typical freshman slump during ACC league play. They just dont know what they are in for once league play starts. Seen it many times…plus with Lawal and Peacock playing so well, Favors’ role has been relegated somewhat. I agree with Bradley — if he gets it all together in time for the ACC and NCAA tourneys we can be really good…
Go Jackets!

matt r

January 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

http://bracketology101.blogspot.com

More accurate at bracket predicting than any of the guys mentioned above, and predict based on future predicted results, not “if the season ended today” like those above.

Hoops Please

January 19th, 2010
2:50 pm

Whatever Hewitt is doing is starting to work. Beating Duke and UNC was amazing.

GT had not defeated Duke (Home or Away) since 2004.

Lawal (Junior) WILL go to NBA next year. Favors (Freshman) CAN go to the NBA next year.

Lawal has far more experienced than Favors.

Maybe the lack of playing time at the post will result in Favors staying for a Sophmore year…after Lawal leaves.

Maybe that’s Hewitt’s overall “strategy” for Favors??

Mark Bradley

January 19th, 2010
2:56 pm

Can’t see Favors coming back next year.

nebraska jacket

January 19th, 2010
2:57 pm

We get the win tonight..

GT 72 Clem 70

Mark Bradley

January 19th, 2010
3:02 pm

You don’t want or need to hear what I think about tonight’s game, Nebraska Jacket. I’m not exactly on a roll. (Though I did believe Tech would play well against Duke. Didn’t know if the Jackets would win, though.)

Who hangs out at the AJC?

January 19th, 2010
3:08 pm

Are you friends with Cynthia Tucker? That woman is nuts. How did she get her job? Affirmative action hire or something?

Angus

January 19th, 2010
3:08 pm

Not on a roll, Bradley? Or just rolling the wrong way?

Let me guess – you were wrong about GT vs. UGA, UVA, Duke, & UNC?

For the record, I’m on the same roll.

Alphare

January 19th, 2010
3:10 pm

So many great baseball players, great golf players, great NBA players and football players from Tech. If you rank colleges based on money the players make, Tech must be among the top schools.

Joe Cox's Agent

January 19th, 2010
3:11 pm

did you really thimk Hewitt would be able to coach up a player like Favors? Or any other player for that matter?

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
3:11 pm

This will be a tough game tonight. Clemson is no slouch team. We are starting to have some succes because we are starting to have some balance. Turnovers are at a more reasonable level, we have a 3 point threat and the inside play has been pretty solid.

Mark Bradley

January 19th, 2010
3:14 pm

Someone seems to have coached up Lawal. Just sayin’.

GTman

January 19th, 2010
3:14 pm

Favors needs to be more aggressive and more selfish. Quit worrying about offending your teammates. They want you to use your talent and perform like you are capable. Favors needs to get some Gani attitude on the court. Gani plays like a man and says get the heck out of my way!

Mark Bradley

January 19th, 2010
3:15 pm

Pretty much, Angus. Pretty much. And I also figured GT would take FSU.

Jeckyll Island

January 19th, 2010
3:16 pm

73-66!!!
73-66!!!
73-66!!!
73-66!!!

30-24!!!
30-24!!!
30-24!!!
30-24!!!

GT GRAD

January 19th, 2010
3:17 pm

Favors will continue to improve and be playing solid basketball in March. The GT team is Very young……..the entire team will be much better in March.

If he is not projected as a Top 10 pick in the NBA, I wonder if there is any chance he will stay at GT for one more year in an attempt to develop into the #1 or #2 draft pick??????? Strictly from a finacial standpoint, this approach might be the most prudent.

Vick=Dog killing thug

January 19th, 2010
3:17 pm

Syracuse Orange is a serious hoop team these days… I’d love to see them put the hurt on the bugs.

Mark Bradley

January 19th, 2010
3:17 pm

And I’ll note that UGA hasn’t won since beating Tech. Played three good teams really close but lost to all.

Mark Bradley

January 19th, 2010
3:18 pm

If you’re a lottery pick (meaning in the top 14), you go, GT GRAD. And I don’t foresee Derrick Favors falling out of the top 10. The pros draft on talent, not college achievement. Otherwise Tyler Hansbrough would have been picked No. 1, not Blake Griffin.

GT fan

January 19th, 2010
3:19 pm

Mark,
Favors is not as impressive as most thought. He may have a ton of TALENT but seems a little sluggish. I do not see him being a force in the NBA for a few years. Reminds me a lot of Chris Bosh ( Bosh had better numbers). What do you think?

Mark Bradley

January 19th, 2010
3:23 pm

GT fan, I must admit I’ve been underwhelmed by Favors. I saw him at Southwest Atlanta and thought he’d be great. But it’s different when you’re the biggest guy on the floor.

Technophobia

January 19th, 2010
3:23 pm

We did pretty good the year after Bosh left.