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).