12:01 am April 22, 2009, by Michael Carvell
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.
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