Road Report: Derrick Favors

Monday evening checked in on the class of 2009's top ranked prospect, Derrick Favors. The big man worked out for a half an hour, then sat down with us to talk summer ball, recruiting and the upcoming season.

ATLANTA, GA -- This summer Derrick Favors played like the best player in the 2009 class, and on Monday he backed up the hype during a workout at Atlanta (Ga.) South Atlanta.

Throughout the 30-minute workout, the 6-foot-9-225-pound big man showed off great feet, displayed a handful of go-to moves and even looked impressive shooting three-pointers.

Hornets head coach Michael Reddick, who played college ball at Stetson, put Favors through a variety of drills that focused on his foot work, shooting and low post game.

"His whole game continues to grow," Reddick said. "He has a variety of moves. A lot of coaches teach one go-to move and then one other move, but he can go left hand or right hand. He's come back with a left hook, the right hook, the jump hook and the spin move."

"We've seen a big improvement on his skills," he continued. "He came in right away as a top player, but we've seen his strength and skills improve. Those are the two biggest things and they are going to continue.

Favors showed off all of his moves this summer playing with the Atlanta Celtics. In Cincinnati at the adidas It Takes 5ive Classic he matched up with B.J. Mullens, Jeff Withey and Tyler Zeller in three consecutive games, and he more than held his own.

Favors Is's No. 1 Prospect
"I think it was a good challenge for me it helped me find out how good I was and what I need to work on," Favors said.

"I think I did good against them and I gave them a challenge," he continued. "I just went out there and played defense. I wasn't even worried about offense, so I just went out there and defended and tried to help us win."

Although the Celtics didn't win the It's Takes 5ive Classic, they did win the adidas Super 64 tournament two weeks later, behind another strong effort from Favors.

Now, just a few months removed from the championship in Las Vegas, Favors is prepping himself for his junior season with South Atlanta, who just won a fall league on Saturday.

"I've been hitting the weights and am getting back with the high school team,"'s No. 1 player in the 2009 class said. "I'm trying to get the chemistry back with my high school team."

As Favors has been working out with his high school team, college coaches have been filing through the doors at South Atlanta High School.

"It's just been a fun process and I've gotten the chance to meet a lot of new coaches, different coaches and famous coaches," Favors said. "It's just been a lot of fun for me. I'm enjoying it a lot."

Off the top of his head, Favors said Paul Hewitt, Dennis Felton, Rick Barnes, Jim Calhoun, Sidney Lowe, Billy Donovan and Billy Gillispie have stopped by his school in the last month.

Assistant coaches from Miami, Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, North Carolina, Louisville, USC, UCLA, and Syracuse have also stopped by recently.

Despite the early interest, Favors, who just turned 16 in mid-July, is still in the process of developing a list of schools. Coach Reddick said they have a list of over 20 schools on his computer and often times the two will sit in his office and shuffle through the list.

Favors Has A Long List Of Schools
"I'm just trying to trim down the list right now," Favors said. "I'm just letting it all work out."

"A lot of kids make [decisions] early, but because he hasn't visited a lot of schools he probably wont make his decision until early school year, next year," Reddick said. "That way he can see a couple of campuses and understand a little more."

Favors did say he's hoping to take a few unofficial visits in the near future. Favors mentioned Georgia and Georgia Tech, as two schools that he'd like to take unofficial visits to soon.

"If it's possible I would love for him to visit colleges," Reddick said. "That's one of the best thing for kids to do and that's what we want all of our kids to do. We are looking forward to him getting the opportunity to get on some campuses."

For now, Favors focus is on the upcoming season. The Hornets will play a number of the top schools in Georgia and also are scheduled to play against Compton (Calif.) Dominguez and in the Bojangles Shootout in Charlotte, N.C.

"I just got to keep working on my game like I'm doing now," Favors said. "That's all I can do. I'm working on my jumper. I'm trying to expand it to 15-feet and out so I can expand my game more, that way when I get double teamed I can step out."

While his recent success is impressive, Favors isn't done. The talented 2009 prospect still has a lot to accomplish.

"One thing about Derrick and I tell people this all the time, is that he's a better person than he is a basketball player," Reddick said. "He has character, work ethic, determination and he has dreams. All of this is like a dream come true."

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