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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 at 3:32 pm  |  31 responses

Video: Doing No Favors

Derrick Favors dominates the paint at the Pangos Dream Classic.

Words by Justin Walsh

Today, Derrick Favors will make one university completely, utterly happy. He could anchor the Wolfpack. He might guard the paint for the Bulldogs. He could hold the fort for Georgia Tech. Until his press conference, only three people know—his South Atlanta coach Michael Reddick, himself and an assistant. But nobody from any of the schools he is choosing from. So until 6:30 p.m. at ESPN Zone, let the speculation run amok.

Derrick Favors is a big man who loves defense. Last season, he averaged a ridiculous 9.1 blocks per game. No, 9.1 was not a typographical error. Although his blocks this season have dropped to 4.5, it’s not his fault. His coach pulls him early in the second half because they are dominating the other team by so much. Despite the drop in blocks, he still averages 29 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4 steals and 3.2 assists per contest.

Because of Derrick, South Atlanta doesn’t work on their man-to-man offense. Not because Favors can’t remember plays though. Nobody played their team man-to-man. They played packed in zones to double- and triple-team the All-American center. One team dared to buck the trend at the Bojangles Shootout in Charlotte, N.C. Derrick was completely at a loss for words when he was told Jeannette was going to go man-to-man and only cover him with one person—no double downs in the post. “I thought it was funny…I took it as a challenge,” Favors said.

What transpired was an outrageous, felonious triple-double of 42 points, 20 rebounds and 12 blocks. Derrick was 19 of 24 from the field. Who guarded Derrick? Enter Terrelle Pryor, starting quarterback at Ohio State (who was no slouch at basketball—he had a full ride offer at UNC). Derrick had out-bodied a 6-6 football phenom with ease.

He isn’t just a big-man with no athleticism. We’re not talking about Big-Baby Davis 2.0. In an official vertical-test by MaxPreps, he registered an astounding 39 inches. That’s higher than almost everybody in basketball. Beyond that, he holds a respectable 3.1 GPA in the classroom. His favorite subject is math. He enjoys dancing in the locker room and yearns to pattern his game after NBA star Tim Duncan. This cat is totally out of the norm. Whichever college Derrick decides to bring his massive skill-set and personality is officially one of the luckiest university’s in the nation. It’s also rumored that John Wall is weighing his college decision off of Derrick’s. If Favors goes to NC-State, John could follow. What a 1-2 punch that could be.

Again, until he announces his decision later today, it’s all speculation.

Note: On Jan. 15, Derrick Favors plays against Demarcus Cousins on ESPN2.

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  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    nice writeup

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Thanks man

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Great write up Mr. Walsh. I’d really like to see this Favors bring the Georgia program back to prominence…and I’m still pissed that Pryor isn’t playing basketball at Ohio State too.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    I’d like to see that happen too, but part of me thinks NC-State could happen. Not 100% of course, Derrick’s press conference is 6:30 PM ET

  • RayRayJr

    This kid looks pretty damn good. Looks like he’s playing against 8th graders bc of his size though. Like to see how he looks in the McDonald’s game

  • http://www.ballslife.com Justin Walsh

    Dont worry, Derrick will be playing against All-American Demarcus Cousins tomorrow on ESPN2. By the way, in that game, he was playing against Jrue Holiday’s team.

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  • http://jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Justin-Great story. The block he did on that one guy was awesome.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Derrick Favors is LITERALLY about to commit to a school on ESPNU. I will let you guys know where ASAP

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Derrick Favors looks FRESH in a suit by the way. He’s kind of hunched over though…And, he’s going to be….A GEORGIA TECH YELLOWJACKET! Congrats to Georgia Tech! This sucks for NC-State, because that could have been a great pickup, also a great selling point to get John Wall. Congrats Derrick

  • Jackie Moon

    This guy is going to be a headline writer’s dream.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Yeah, Favors is also a pretty smart kid. I have to say though, it was really funny in his press conference when he got a teammate to get him his backpack to retrieve the hat….THEN TOOK OUT A BAG. It was a great little move on the Press. THEN he took the hat out but hid it from the Cameras…THEN committed to Georgia Tech. I know I just did a pointless play-by-play, but this is a great kid & he deserves his moment!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I worship Justin Walsh.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    At least it’s not NC State!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Hear that folks? Moose, toughest critic ever, like seriously he’s meaner than Hugo Chavez to America…..HE WORSHIPS ME :D Folks, christmas came early. haha and yea B. Long, I like that too. Good that he stayed home. Didn’t you wish for a GT commit?

  • http://www.triplejunearth.com/dacre Dacre

    hmmm…he’s probably another 37 year old looking grey beard with a chronic knee injury that know one is getting told about.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Dacre, I see your point, but actually he’s healthy, in shape, solid, doesn’t walk like a retiree in palm springs and has a 39 inch vert!

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    They need him now, Duke just did a number on them.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Poor BET.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    dude jay bilas was HATING on Derrick Favors during the GT game, saying his press conference was ridiculous i was like wtf.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I wish, just one time, that Jay Bilas would get beat up in a parking lot somewhere.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Like you said, the kid deserves his shine. And, as much as Jay hated, the channel did show some highlights of his (at EBC no less).

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Glad to hear you were so touched by my declaration, Mr. Walsh. But where’d I get the rep for being mean? :)

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Babies tell me of your torturous tongue. Apparently, you chide ugly babies at the mall. How Mark Cuban of you. For the record, I am talking to Kadour Ziani right now, this cat is deeper than the Dali Lamma…no joke

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    I was just reading an old SLAM issue with him. Is he in he USA now or back home?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    He’s overseas right now. On the 23rd he competes in the Turkey All-Star Game Dunk Contest!!

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    “when I go up to dunk, I’m not scared of dieing.”
    That has to be one of the quotes of the decade.

    You working on a piece for SLAM or for Ballislife?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I wasn’t aware of the baby incidents. However, I do strap SLAM interns to the wall and sho0t them if they accuse me of anything (no blindfold).

  • http://www.prepchamps.com PrepChamps

    That Jan. 15 game – Favors vs. Cousins – is going to be great!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Moose, you’re a wonderfully funny nut. you know that. PrepChamps, the Favors/Cousins game was great but I was annoyed that they didn’t guard eachother AT ALL. I mean Favors went off for 38 and 16 but he was guarded by a SCRUB. Cousins had 22 13 and like 5 or 6 assists with 3 blocks but Derrick Favors didn’t guard Cousins. Neither played eachother EXCEPT one play near the end where Cousins got the ball at the wing, drove on Favors, SPIN MOVE and DUNK right past him. Filthy

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Right back at you, Justin. Cracked up when I read your first two comments.

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