Georgia’s new basketball coach, Mark Fox, made contact with the high school coach of Derrick Favors, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 college prospect by several recruiting services.
Favors committed to Georgia Tech over UGA, Memphis, and North Carolina State in January, and confirmed to the AJC that he will sign with the Yellow Jackets on April 15.
South Atlanta coach Michael Reddick said he spoke around 5-10 minutes to Georgia’s Fox. “He wasn’t asking about Derrick. [Fox] said he just wanted to establish communications with coaches in the area. He said he doesn’t want to let great players get out of Georgia. He wants to make sure he handles himself in the right way when it comes to building relationships with players and coaches in the state.”
Fox is relatively unknown within the state’s high school basketball community, but it appears he is going to do his best to change that as quickly as possible. “Over the phone, [Fox] sounded like a good guy,” Reddick said. “I hope he has a lot of success. I let him know that we have another big kid on our roster. [Fox] said once he gets settled next week, he’s going to make contact and stop by the school in the near future. He said he wants to hit the ground running. I was impressed.”
Did Fox ask about Favors? Did he mention his name at least once? “No, he didn’t really ask about Derrick,” Reddick said. “He knows that Derrick is not going to change his mind. [Fox's] focus is with players for future years. He’s not looking for Derrick because everyone knows Derrick is going to Georgia Tech.”
Reddick confirmed to the AJC that he hasn’t heard from John Calipari, who left Memphis to take over as Kentucky’s new coach. Favors developed a close relationship with Calipari, who nearly landed Favors for Memphis. On Wednesday, DeMarcus Cousins, another one of the county’s elite prospects, switched his commitment from Memphis to Kentucky to follow Calipari.
The 6-foot-9 Favors will sign with Georgia Tech around noon in a ceremony at South Atlanta on April 15.