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2010 (Senior):HEADER DERRICK BERNARD FAVORS Power Forward Georgia (Tech) Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets #14 6:08.7-245 Atlanta, Georgia South Atlanta High School
OVERVIEW One of the most highly-ranked and decorated high school players ever to enroll at Georgia Tech, Favors' stay with the Yellow Jackets lasted just one season. He made the most of his short tenure with the team and played exceedingly well late in the year.
He became the 11th Georgia Tech player to earn Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year honors. He was also named to The Sporting News Freshman All-American team.
Favors can impact a game in many ways. Favors showed that he was an excellent rebounder and shot-blocker who rarely missed when he got the ball down low, making 61.1 percent of his field goal attempts. What impressed the veteran players on the squad was the fact that he was a quiet and understated individual who performed with a strong work ethic.
Favors had no problem serving as a complementary option on offense, teaming with veteran Gani Lawal to give Tech a formidable tandem at the forward positions. They vied for the team scoring and rebounding titles in 2009-10, as Lawal led the Yellow Jackets with a 13.1-point scoring average to Favors' 12.4-point mark.
Lawal also inched out Favors for the rebounding title; Favors had 303 boards to 305 for Lawal. The freshman sensation led the team with 108 offensive rebounds, as he turned those boards into a 66.3-percent conversion rate on putbacks. He ranked 46th in the nation and led the Yellow Jackets with 74 blocked shots while also coming up with 37 assists and 32 steals in 35 starting assignments.
Favors was rated as the best prospect in the country as a senior at South Atlanta High School. He served as team captain in three of his four varsity seasons, leading his squad to the Class AAA state championship in 2009, scoring 38 points and had 21 rebounds in the championship game vs. Westover High.
Favors was a member of the McDonald's and Parade Magazine All-American teams, and was named the High School Player of the Year by Parade, USA Today, the Atlanta Tipoff Club and MaxPreps. He was selected "Mr. Basketball" in the state of Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Atlanta Tipoff Club and earned first-team All-State honors four times.
As a senior, Favors averaged 28.1 points, 13.3 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game. He finished with career records in points (2,341), rebounds (1,511) and blocked shots (741). He earned MVP honors at the McDonald's All-American game, as he led the East to a 113-110 victory, scoring 19 points and had 8 rebounds.
At the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden, Favors scored a game-high 21 points and was named MVP. He was also tabbed to play for the USA Junior National Select team that played in the Nike Hoop Summit, but declined the invitation due to personal reasons. Upon graduation, South Atlanta High retired his jersey number.
GAME ANALYSIS Made his debut with 10 points and eight rebounds vs. Florida A&M, adding seven boards with 18 points and three blocks vs. George Mason...Snared 10 rebounds to go with two blocks and 14 points in the Boston University clash...Followed with 16 points and eight rebounds vs. Mercer, as he then hit on 6-of-8 field goals for 16 points, two blocks and eight boards vs. Siena...Started a string of four consecutive double-digit rebounding efforts, grabbing 11 boards vs. South Carolina (10 points), ten vs. Chattanooga (14 points, three blocks), 11 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (four steals, three blocks, 15 points) and 12 vs. Florida State (four blocks, three steals)...Added four steals, three blocks, 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. Winston-Salem State...Scored 17 points on 8-of-13 field goals, adding 14 rebounds (six offensive) and three blocks vs. Clemson...Had a career-best 18 rebounds (nine offensive), as he hit on 9-of-15 field goals for 21 points and blocked two shots vs. Maryland...In the ACC Tournament, Favors totaled seven boards and 16 points with four blocks vs. Clemson, followed by nine rebounds, four blocks and 18 points vs. Virginia Tech...Added 18 points and nine rebounds vs. North Carolina, as he blocked three shots, grabbed 11 boards and scored 11 points vs. Maryland...Hit on 7-of-10 field goals for 17 points vs. North Carolina State and closed out the ACC Tournament with a career-best 22 points, coming up with 11 rebounds vs. Duke...In the NCAA Tournament, he tallied 12 points and nine boards vs. Oklahoma State and closed out the year with 10 points vs. Ohio State.
2009-10 SEASON Named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year by the ACSMA and The Sporting News, adding Freshman All-American honors (Sporting News)...First-team ACC All-Tournament selection (averaged 17.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 65.8 FG percentage)...Named ACC Rookie of the Week four times (Nov. 23, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22)...Started all but the March 6 (Virginia Tech) game at power forward, leading the team while ranking 20th in the nation with 74 blocked shots (sixth on the school season-record list)...Pulled down 303 rebounds (ninth in school season annals, 8.4 per game), as he connected on 179-of-293 field goals (61.1%) and hit on 90-of-143 free throws (62.9%)...Credited with 32 steals and 37 assists...Charged with 94 personal fouls (one disqualification) and turned the ball over 90 times...Despite averaging just eight field goal attempts per game, Favors scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games and reached that mark 27 times...Rectified early season troubles at the charity stripe, making 33-of-44 free throws in his last nine games...Among ACC freshmen, he finished first in scoring, rebounding, double-doubles, blocked shots and field goal percentage...Placed third in the ACC in all games, second in ACC games only, in rebound average, as he had at least ten boards in twelve contests and posted eleven double-double performances.
CAREER NOTES In his only season at Georgia Tech, Favors led the team's starters by connecting on 61.1 percent of his field goal attempts (179-of-293)...Was just one successful field goal shy of the minimum requirement for the NCAA field goal percentage title in 2009-10 (needed to record at least five field goals per game, but averaged 4.972 attempts)...Became the eleventh player in school history to earn Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year honors in 2010...His 74 blocked shots rank sixth on the school season-record list...His 303 rebounds rank ninth on Tech's annual record chart.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended South Atlanta (Ga.) High School, playing basketball for coach Michael Reddick... One of the most decorated prep players ever to sign with Tech, rated as the best prospect in the country as a senior...Served as team captain in three of his four varsity seasons, leading his squad to the Class AAA state championship in 2009, scoring 38 points and had 21 rebounds in the championship game vs. Westover High...Member of the McDonald's and Parade Magazine All-American teams, and was named the High School Player of the Year by Parade, USA Today, the Atlanta Tipoff Club and MaxPreps...Selected "Mr. Basketball" in the state of Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Atlanta Tipoff Club and earned first-team All-State honors four times...As a senior, Favors averaged 28.1 points, 13.3 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game... Finished with career records in points (2,341), rebounds (1,511) and blocked shots (741)... Earned MVP honors at the McDonald's All-American game, as he led the East to a 113-110 victory, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds...At the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden, Favors scored a game-high 21 points and was named MVP for the black team...Tabbed to play for the USA Junior National Select team that played in the Nike Hoop Summit, but declined the invitation due to personal reasons...Upon graduation, South Atlanta High retired his jersey number.
PERSONAL Enrolled in the Ivan Allen College...Has an older sister, Tiffany, and a younger brother, Brandon...Began playing basketball at the age of 10 after watching Kobe Bryant play a game...Son of Deandra Favors...Born Derrick Bernard Favors on 7/15/91...Resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Favors has a tall, developing frame with excellent length (7-foot-4 wing span) and standing reach (9-2)...Has a chiseled frame with long limbs and minimal body fat (6.3 percent)...Still developing a mid-range game, but utilizes his leaping ability, reach and timing when crashing the boards (108-of-303 total boards were offensive rebounds) and also uses those physical talents to excel as a shot blocker (74 blocks rank sixth on the school season-record list). He also has enough lateral agility to create problems for perimeter shooters...Strong defender, using his length to alter shots and does an effective job defending on the pick-and-roll...Relies more on his inside game, but has above-average touch and soft hands, distributing the ball away from the defender while using his body to draw contact on the way to the rim...Very quick and fluid moving in the post and has a good feel, along with power to maintain position battling opponents in the paint...Shows very good court vision and is unselfish with the ball -- can put the ball on the floor and is very alert scanning the court to locate open teammates (37 assists)...Has good passing ability for a player his size and shows good quickness going up and down the court...Runs with a normal stride and is best when playing weak-side defense...Devastating shot-blocker who will not hesitate to get physical and gets excellent elevation...Has shown improvement on his jump shot and is becoming an effective post scorer...Excels defending down low and has the foot speed to challenge guards getting down the court...Knows how to maintain position and use his strong body in the post to prevent the opponent from taking an easy shot...Has the wingspan to reach around and create the turnover on the steal...Plays under the basket with the ability to overpower bigger centers...Has the ball-handling skills to keep the ball moving in order for teammates to take the best shot...Uses his body efficiently to draw fouls playing in the low post...Gets out on the break quickly and shows good mobility and overall body flexibility in his running stride...Good court leader who rarely gets flustered in pressure situations...Has the court awareness and vision to know when to slow the pace of the offense's attack...Not an effective long- or mid-range shooter, but is best when attacking the basket...Has a veteran's work ethic; will spend extra hours after practice or in the film room preparing for upcoming opponents...Very effective at boxing out bigger men working under the basket and has the long reach and wingspan to haul down rebounds away from the hoop.
Negatives: Strong defensive presence and a consistent scorer around the rim, but his mid-range and perimeter offense might never develop...While he is conscious of ball security, he does have a high, loose dribble that leads to turnover issues (second on the team with 90 turnovers)...Can put the ball on the floor for a dribble or two, but need to keep the ball low to prevent wing players from picking his pocket...Has the size and strength to maintain position in the paint, but must be more alert to help-side defense...Needs to do a better job of setting his feet and elevating better, as he has a slow, deliberate release that lets defenders set up to be in position to alter his shots, especially when attempting his mid-range jumper...Limited offensively but as his offensive game develops, the hope is he will become more consistent in creating his own shot...Not a great ball-handler...Must dedicate more hours in the gym, as he does a nice job of drawing contact, but is a bit of a liability at the charity stripe (poor release mechanics that shows a bit of a hitch -- will shot put the ball at the free throw line).
Compares To: AMARE STOUDEMIRE, Phoenix -- Much like Stoudemire was when he entered the NBA, Favors is a solid defender but is still is a work in progress from the free throw line and lacks perimeter shooting ability. But with his athleticism, long wingspan and aggressiveness, he is best playing in the low post. While he is expected to be a lottery pick, he still needs to improve his offensive game. His so-so performance away from the basket makes him limited as a scoring option and he will need an unselfish point guard to feed him in order for his offensive game to develop. Many experts feel that he will be an early lottery pick, more likely to the Nets at number three, but the 76ers, with the second pick in the draft, could go for his physical ability and strong defensive presence rather than use that choice on Ohio State's Evan Turner. Philadelphia needs more rebounding and toughness in the paint (Favors) than it does another scoring option (Turner).