South Atlanta’s Derrick Favors named USA TODAY Player of Year

Derrick Favors gets more hardware (AJC)

Derrick Favors gets more hardware (AJC)

South Atlanta’s Derrick Favors, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 basketball prospect, has to clear some more room on his trophy shelf.

Favors, who signed with Georgia Tech, was named USA TODAY National Player of the Year on Tuesday night. He has also been awarded Parade Magazine’s Player of the Year, among others, along with claiming MVP honors at the McDonald’s All-America high school basketball game.

“I’m just as proud as I can be of Derrick … it’s just one of those years where everything is falling in place for him,” South Atlanta coach Michael Reddick told the AJC.

“I’m happy for him, and I’m proud for his family and our school. It couldn’t happen to a better person.”

The 6-foot-9 Favors averaged 28.1 points, 13.3 rebounds, five blocks, four steals and three assists while leading South Atlanta to the Class AAA state championship as a senior. He signed with Georgia Tech over UGA, North Carolina State and Memphis.

15 comments Add your comment

joe

April 22nd, 2009
1:52 am

Coach Fox met with Favors over the weekend and rescinded his offer, and Daniel Miller spurned Georgia Tech because of the large amount of money and job offer given to his mother……oh wait I got it backwards!

Chad Simmons

April 22nd, 2009
1:54 am

Hey Michael, no more recruiting coverage? Good, now I won’t lose my scoops to a free web site!

AJC Fan

April 22nd, 2009
1:56 am

Where is my recruiting fix?

It is the only reason I come here anymore, and I have not seen anything for a few days. If someone has replaced you, I will be replacing my homepage with the Athens Banner Herald

bee shabazz

April 22nd, 2009
3:42 am

joe, Favors picked GT because they care about basketball plus he’s from THE CITY not METROPOLITAN ATLANTA. Going to GT over UGA gives him a better oppurtunity to play infront of his neighborhood and community and the people who always supported him. Tech’s recruiting class is top 5 with Udofia, Rice, Oliver and that played a big part in his decision. too.His friends can hop on the train at Lakewood or King MARTA Stations or take a short drive to all of his home games.

MinnesotaJacket

April 22nd, 2009
9:27 am

In the end though bee…he is going to be another one and done for Tech…which sux it really really sux haha

Brewer

April 22nd, 2009
12:03 pm

One ‘n Done, but it will be a fun year. Especially when he gets to pound on some Puppies. I wonder which team will have the largest margin of victory over UGA next year, the GT basketball team or the GT football team?

bee shabazz

April 22nd, 2009
8:39 pm

MinnesotaJacket, I’m a little biased being from ZONE 3 ATLANTA, the community in which S.ATLANTA HIGH is located but I’m happy he’ll only be at TECH for a year and on to the NBA. Derrick will be the 3rd kid in recent history from THE 3 to make it to the NBA but the 1st to actually stay home and represent S.ATL HIGH. Lots of talent off Cleveland Ave.,Jonesboro Rd.,Moreland and the whole ZONE 3 AREA!

charles

April 23rd, 2009
11:03 pm

I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU GLORYFYING GOD , AND THIS WOULD BE IN ORDER…..BECAUSE GOD GAVE THIS YOUNG MAN ALL THE TALENT HE HAS, AND EVER WILL HAVE….TO GOD BE THE GLORY………….THANK YOU

[...] recruited freshmen in the incoming class, Favors is a dominant power forward from Atlanta, earning National Play of the Year honors and leading his team to a state championship, with 38 points and 21 rebounds in his final high [...]

urban saben

April 24th, 2009
9:14 am

Basket ball
Sucks
who cares

bee shabazz

April 25th, 2009
2:37 am

Charles: PRAISE BE, huh????????And Urban Saben you do!

charles

April 26th, 2009
11:09 pm

Yea beeshabazz…………God’s the real deal NO DOUBT………….I always say if anybody’s got talent it is God Given………….Keep in touch………..charles……with small c……

bee shabazz

April 27th, 2009
1:52 am

charles…..lowercase c. GOD IS GREAT NO DOUBT but this is a SPORTS BLOG! Religious blogs can be found at WORLDCHANGERS,NEWBIRTH or any other mega-church website.Oyeah it’s bee shabazz 1st name, last name!

charles

April 27th, 2009
11:10 pm

hey bee shabazz……you need to look before you leap………Religion, and christianty is in every facet of life…including all sports; ie..prayer occurs in almost every football, basketball, baseball , and all others sports in USA don’t believe me… check it out….even Notre Dame has a church leader say hail Marys before each football game in the locker room……..check it out………Pro football players gather after the game and circle each other wonder why……Not going to blow my horn too loud,But itreligion covers sports like White on Rice…enuf said….Later………

bee shabazz

April 29th, 2009
3:55 am

charles, what are u talking about? Are u OK is everything alright? U clicked on to a blog about DERRICK FAVORS so obviously you know who he is or have been keeping up with him, yet this is where u go with your comments. Are u sick, did your wife leave u, did u lose your job? There are plenty of people who can help u charles ,pastor, rabbi, imam, spiritual advisor, or maybe a Dr. at CHARTER!IF U DON’T GET HELP THERE, GET HELP SOMEWHERE! These people can help u sort things out but the 1st step charles is to TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER AND ASK FOR HELP. I’ll pray for u, keep ya head up.