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Friday, April 9th, 2010 at 11:36 am  |  22 responses

Derrick Favors to Declare for NBA Draft

Another player leaves school after his freshman season for a future that promises to include a high NBA Draft Lottery pick: “Georgia Tech freshman Derrick Favors is one-and-done. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Favors, a Georgia native who averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game this past season, will sign with an agent and forgo his final three years in college. An official announcement is expected on Friday afternoon.”

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  • maclovenotwar

    Favor Flav

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    So when is the draft again? June?
    bah.

  • TyMo

    Cousins > Favors

  • lupe the dupe

    NBA overall talent level continues to decline, outside of the top top players. SOOOOOOOOO many busts these days

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Favors just made it official.

  • Coney Islander

    Is it just me or is this draft with the exception of a FEW looking very weak?

  • mems

    ill take favors on the rockets if he can drop that low lol. plus playing alongside yao and scola for a few years will definitely improve his post game =)

  • Hussman25

    This draft class is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SUSPECT!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Now 5-for-5 in one-and-dones: http://www.slamonline.com/photo_gallery/1.html

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    @Coney Islander, this draft is mad deep: http://twitter.com/DraftExpress/status/11882041855

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    I have a question… why do seniors rarely smother the lottery draft board. “Everyone” rags on the one and done guys or the guy who’s stock takes off in his 2nd year for declaring and yet, these are the guys who regularly get picked in the top 10 every year. Meanwhile, the 4 yr seniors who graduate, lead their team (often deep into the NCAA – I’m looking at you Jon & Lance) and generally establish the maturity that is required to go from school lunch halls and dorms to a full time job that requires interstate travel get overlooked until the late picks; whereby they are taken by teams that have already established winning environments and had made it through a couple of playoffs rounds and thus with this class of ‘ready player’ just continue to stay in that mold of success!? Why the constant ‘cellar’ dwelling teams can’t break these trends (I’m looking at you now Clippers and New YorK) is obvious. Staff don’t know/do their jobs properly.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    I’M DROPPING SOME KNOWLEDGE: If your a coach/GM wondering which player you should get in the draft this year, forget a payroll that goes into the millions with “insider know-how”, trumped up ‘talent scouts’ who go to schools trying to find a player that lives out their own short falls and dream situations. Go on over to DRAFTEXPRESS.COM, they’ll show you who shoul be drafted where and you can save some of that money to pay for a player who will help turn your franchise around.

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    Oh look, Kenyon Martin pt.2! i’m just waiting for the official 6’8 1/2″ measurements to come out of the draft camps.

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

    AJ Ogilvy has declared as well.

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    You know, I heard something really cool from Coach Calipari earlier today on Mike and Mike(?): “If a guy comes to college, he ought to stay for two years, but he can go to the draft out of high school if he likes. I mean, I’m going to be coaching a team full of freshmen again! I’ve only got 4 players with little experience and 2 players who didn’t play.” I think one-and-done is really stupid. Especially for guys who know they’re leaving for the league. Just remove the illegal rule, and be done with it.

  • max

    @Dacre I think the GMs with high picks want to pick high potential players.They don’t want to miss a franchise guy in the draft. What would you draft: A senior with the potential to become a good pro as an average player,because you know his potential or do you take the risk and try to draft a potential superstar:High risk,high reward! A senior player is nothing special, you can draft them every year.This is the reason Marvin Williams has been selected 2nd.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    It’s also the same reason guys like Michael Olowakandi, Greg Oden, Sam Bowie and Kwame Brown went high… GMs get caught up in the “potential” of someone. In no other industry/sector in the world do decisions particularly MULTI-MILLION dollar decisions come about based on potential and ‘if-so facto’ reasonings. Give me the 4 yr guy any day.

  • http://Yahoo.com 3233569658

    When are true talented players are going to come out of the draft picks.

  • lupe the dupe

    NBA talent level continues to decline, the insanity and madness that exists in the minds of these kids (and most of the world in general) is simply amazing.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    People get the meaning of ‘lottery’ ’round the wrong way. It’s the lottery for these guys – they hide their weaknesses, slip in under the envelope provided by the lack of scouting, win a multi-mlillion dollar contract and don’t have to work again the rest of their lives.
    Don’t know that I’d do different.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    lupe a dupe? some people are never happy. kids wanna jump straight to the pros outta highschool….oh they shoulda went to college. kids got to do one year of college….oh they shoulda stayed two. it has nothing to do with NBA talent levels declining and has EVERYTHING to do with what Dave said. Cream always rises to the top and those who want to succeed and be the best they can put the work in and will do so. Basketball is our passion, and their profession. They should be so lucky. Whats wrong with that?

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    Last year was suppose to be a weak draft. How did that turn out?

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