Basketball superstar Derrick Favors set up to sign with Georgia Tech

Derrick Favors ends all rumors at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Derrick Favors ends all rumors at 1 p.m. Wednesday (AJC)

Derrick Favors, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 basketball prospect by several recruiting services, will sign with Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. Wednesday at South Atlanta High School.

The 6-foot-9 Favors committed to Georgia Tech over UGA, Memphis, and N.C. State in January. and will officially sign the scholarship papers on Wednesday, the first day of basketball’s late signing period.

“It’s a done deal, we’re ready to go,” South Atlanta coach Michael Reddick told the AJC on Sunday night. “We’re in the final days of a long journey with Derrick, and we’re excited for him.”

Favors has been the subject of countless rumors over the past three months, but said last week he never considered switching from Tech because Paul Hewitt remained as coach. However, last Thursday, Georgia Tech assistant Charlton Young was hired away as Georgia Southern’s new coach. Young was the Tech assistant in charge of recruiting Favors to the Jackets.

“[Young] did a great job with Derrick,” Reddick said. “We’ve been on a spring break, and I haven’t had a chance to speak with Derrick since last week. I know he felt very close to Charlton, but I don’t think it really changes how Derrick feels about Georgia Tech. Derrick has developed a good relationship with all the coaches there. He’s looking forward to signing with them. It will all be official on Wednesday.”

Favors was named Parade Magazine’s National Player of the Year, and won MVP honors at the McDonald’s All-America game. Two other players in the game were DeMarcus Cousins (switched from Memphis to Kentucky) and Xavier Henry (released from Memphis, now undecided between Kansas, Kentucky and Memphis).

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  • 33 comments Add your comment

    SawDawg

    April 12th, 2009
    11:22 pm

    If Coach Mark Fox wanted Favors, he should’ve hired his coach. It’s too late now, and besides Favors is one and done to the NBA. But Fox should hire a big-time High School coach in Atlanta as one of his assistants. Someone who knows the high schools and the AAU teams. Then Georgia can build a fence around ATL. The guy at Milton would be good, too. He’s got three studs.

    UGAInsider

    April 13th, 2009
    12:24 am

    Well in that case he should hire Columbia Head Coach Phil McCrary. He has a roster that is arguably more talented and definitely deeper than the one in Athens. He has connections all over AAU and NIke. Heck he got Kobe Bryant to stop by the school and talk to the kids! Put him on the payroll and watch the credibility of the Bulldogs program skyrocket in every metro atlanta program and their students.

    ATL bee

    April 13th, 2009
    3:48 am

    I’m shocked Fox didn’t hire someone with local connections. I like McCrary and the Tucker coach. Reddick is proven winner, too. Metro Atlanta really does have some A-1 coaches.

    wiley

    April 13th, 2009
    8:35 am

    UGA will never build a fence around atlanta…UGA basketball will never out recruit GT.

    J.MAC

    April 13th, 2009
    10:01 am

    James Harty from Tucker High School would be a great addition to the staff at Georgia. He has won a State Championship, final four at least the last 4 years. He has several kids in Division I basketball. He has sent kids to Providence, College of Charleston,Tennessee,Virginia Tech. I think he would be a good assistant.

    pensacola dawg

    April 13th, 2009
    10:02 am

    Favors to finalize the deal. That says it all. One and done!You should be proud Tech!

    G State Ben

    April 13th, 2009
    10:08 am

    And GT will never be consistently in the ACC as long as Paul Hewitt is coach. So many people hold on to what happend 5 years ago. The further you get a way from it, the less the fanbase will be forgiving. Hewitt is 77-75 since (29-51 in the ACC).

    Florida State has passed you and is taking some of the best players in the Metro area (DeMercy, Singleton). Clemson has had more regular season success. One recruiting class that pops shouldn’t save your job, sustained success should.

    Oh yeah and not to defend the folks in Athens (I can’t stand them as much as Yech fans) but Fox did hire Phillip Pearson who has recruited Georgia very well for Gottfried’s staff at Alabama.

    Baba O'Riley

    April 13th, 2009
    11:38 am

    pensacola- how sour are those grapes?

    Chef Chuck

    April 13th, 2009
    12:01 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of talk about “one and done” in the ATL. That’s ok. How does “none and done” feel over there in cowtown?

    yurtle_the_turtle

    April 13th, 2009
    12:11 pm

    Pensecola wreaks with envy, don’t you?? So what if Favors is one-and-done, what is that to you? 1) We don’t know if he is one-and-done (probably, but until it happens, that is just speculation) 2) Since when is UGA so morally superior as to not sign a kid like Favors? 3) Wouldn’t you rather have someone like Favors, even for one year? So, please crawl back into your cave.

    Dawg44

    April 13th, 2009
    1:17 pm

    Yech paid out big $$$ for Favors. Coaches got $$$. Mama got $$$. Too much money has already been spent for him to go where he really wants now.

    gte268p

    April 13th, 2009
    1:40 pm

    Hey G State Ben, Georgia Tech has consistently been in the ACC since 1978. And coincidentally, every team in the ACC has consistently been in the ACC since they joined, too! Wow, who would have thought?

    Josh

    April 13th, 2009
    4:09 pm

    Dawg 44 is an idiot. No money was given. If you don’t know the situation don’t start up a load of crap.

    Glen

    April 13th, 2009
    4:09 pm

    Carvell is still a tool, you made up the rumors.

    Tom

    April 13th, 2009
    4:16 pm

    G State Ben is the tool who is the insider on the GA State message board, he always trashes Tech even after they get beat by them. Ben, take notice of your own program instead, all those transfers Rod brings in isn’t helping. Florida State passed GT? They had one good season and lost in the first round, now Douglas is gone. You called Demercy one of the best players in metro atlanta? He is not that good and doesn’t play much. There are tons of good players in metro atlanta, GT can’t get all of them, maybe for once G State should step up and grab one. Singleton was recruited by a lot of schools that then backed off for disciplinary issues including GT. Clemson has cupcake schedules to begin the year and then falls flat on their face. Bama is right next to GA, they should recruit the state well, like I said there are a ton of good players in this state, they can’t all go to GT or UGA. There is plenty around. If I’m Rod Barnes I’m more concerned with Charlton Young getting hired at GA Southern, he will turn that program into something tough and they will recruit the heck out of Atlanta.

    Voice of Reason

    April 13th, 2009
    4:18 pm

    dawg44 may not know that money was given, but you josh, also don’t KNOW that it wasn’t given for sure do you?? so if you don’t KNOW the situation, then don’t correct someone else. haha

    but seriously, that is kinda conspiracy theory type stuff. he wants to go to GT so good luck at GT. UGA isn’t going to be good next year anyway and that is all he will play so why the hard feelings?

    Josh

    April 13th, 2009
    4:40 pm

    VOR, Actually I do know the situation very well. Thanks.

    swampjacket

    April 13th, 2009
    9:20 pm

    Reddick would be a great not only as coach and recruiter but he’s also a great guy. But maybe who could serve Fox the best is Scott Bracco at Dunwoody. He’s in the state finals every year and sends kids all over the place.

    Recruiters

    April 13th, 2009
    9:43 pm

    Dunwoody, Wheeler, and Norcross can recruit with the best of ‘em!

    Willy

    April 13th, 2009
    11:52 pm

    UGA never had a shot with Favors and never had a chance.

    Willy

    April 13th, 2009
    11:54 pm

    He was a GT lock from Day 1 he always wanted to be a Jacket just like most of the state of GA. GT will always get the top players in the state and UGA will land some unranked 3* with D2 offers.

    yellowblood

    April 14th, 2009
    5:27 am

    My ug@y buddies wont let me in the tv trailer any more…

    G State Ben

    April 14th, 2009
    8:12 am

    Tom, you are right. I don’t know anything. Florida State advanced deep into the NIT in 2007-08 and then climbed into the NCAA last year. I see progress. Not the trash on North Avenue that take one good recruiting class do nothing with it and have another losing record.

    We are building on Decatur Street. It takes a little longer because Coach Perry ruined the program Lefty built. Coach Barnes has been named National Coach of the Year has Paul Hewitt? How about Conference Coach of the Year? What I enjoy is now, 9 years later, Coach Hewitt still complains about the academic rigors of life at Tech. Guess what? If you can’t handle it, go back to Siena. Oh yeah, they’ve been in the NCAA Tournament consecutive years, they don’t want you!

    Get ready for another pounding on the baseball diamond. Big bad ACC. Georgia State dropped you 10-1 and Fake GSU dropped you 23-3. What next? Well, you don’t have a football team. Actually we do. Bring something else to the table.

    Go pick up the garbage on North Avenue…

    G State Ben

    April 14th, 2009
    8:15 am

    And why worry about Charlton Young and Fake GSU exactly? They’ll be on probation and have for years refused to play us. Before you start making statement check up on history. Don’t let facts stand in the way of a good argument.

    Real Bball's in the ACC

    April 14th, 2009
    11:27 am

    Will someone PLEASE tell me where to find UGA Basketball news on the AJC website? Obviously, Bball will never be a serious sport at UGA. With this Fox guy you hired, get ready for another 7 years of mediocrity.

    Beener

    April 14th, 2009
    11:28 am

    Charlton Young will have Southern being very good in the near future. Rod Barnes has done nothing at State, he has been there now and there is no improvement, bringing in all those transfers was a joke. There is a reason they left their former schools.

    Kenny Powers

    April 14th, 2009
    11:39 am

    Pick up the trash on north avenue? Dude, State is located in a crappy area of downtown, with no green space, a homeless park in the center of campus. GT is a very nice campus. Its hard to even call State a campus.

    You don’t have a football team yet, you got about 25 guys. Have fun in the dome with 5,000 fans.

    Rod Barnes is not that good of a coach, if he was someone would have picked him up before State, he hasn’t even be able to get any local talent in there and the team still has not improved. And about facts, Hewitt was ACC coach of the year. You’re talking mess and State still lost by 20 to GT this year. GT will be back next year, where will State be? They can’t even finish in the top of a crappy conference.

    Carl

    April 14th, 2009
    11:40 am

    Ben must have been rejected from GT and UGA, he has some serious hate. Funny guy, rep on State. Its hilarious to me.

    Harry

    April 14th, 2009
    1:08 pm

    I can’t believe UGA fans are talking crap about our basketball program? who do YOU have in the NBA? when was the last time YOU won a game in the tournament? when was the last time you got an at large bid? And you play in the lowly SEC????UGA winning the SEC tourny last season proves the SEC is a joke…And is some dude at state really talking crap? saying we have to pick up trash on north ave? haha have fun trying to get a job with a state degree.

    G State Ben

    April 14th, 2009
    2:41 pm

    Not rejected. Never wanted to go to bandwagon U in Athens or be an engineer or pretend to major in business at Yech.

    You guys are funny. Coach Barnes has been on campus 2 years. Are you expecting 29-5 like Lefty had. That took a 4 years folks. Hewitt has been on campus and has built very little besides guys that suceed a ton more after they leave campus (see Morrow, Anthony). Congratulations on yet another thing that proves you have an inferiority complex to your rival in Athens. Let’s build an $8 million practice facility after Georgia just completed there own. That makes no sense.

    Again, Southern will be nothing because they are in a lower tier conference then State is. Also, they are about to get slapped with NCAA sanctions.

    I’ll always rep my school and not run and hide like many Yech fans do. Hard to call State a campus? Have you been to our campus lately? We’ve got nicer dorms than Yech (University Commons), more building being built (Science building)/gobbled up (Citizens Trust building) and a new President who gets it.

    Georgia State will win their conference 3 times before Georgia Tech does. It’s just that simple. You are correct we have 28 players. Then another recruiting class comes in February. Then we begin practicing, then playing games in 2010. Do a little fact checking before making ridiculous statements.

    Georgia State NBA players

    April 15th, 2009
    1:04 am

    9 players in the NBA, son. Georgia State… lol. Please.

    Harry

    April 16th, 2009
    12:09 pm

    Only time I’m on state’s campus is when im looking for marijuana

    CL

    April 18th, 2009
    5:58 pm

    I’ll give him two years and he’ll be gone to the NBA. Just like Marbury and others.