Nations Top Junior Backs Up Hype

There's always pressure on the top guy, but Derrick Favors clearly isn't feeling it. The talented junior is having a big time junior season and has a strong case for national player of the year.

It appears that Derrick Favors has a stranglehold on the top spot in the junior class. Prior to the high school season a debate could be made for a few other prospects, but the 6-foot-9 big man has certainly proved he belongs at the top.

Every time out Favors seems to produce video game type numbers, as he's averaging a triple double – 25 points, 18 rebounds and 10 blocks. To go with the impressive numbers, Favors has led South Atlanta to a 21-1 record.

"His season has been phenomenal," S.A. coach Michael Reddick said. "First off because it's his second year being team captain and he's been the great leader that we expected him to be. He's always continuing to work hard to improve his game and I think it's showed on the court."

Favors already has a developed skill set and his arsenal of moves is impressive. He's capable of using either hand around the basket, has great footwork and shoots jump shots with ease.

Favors Averages A Triple-Double
"The thing that stuck out to me most is that he scored effortlessly," one college coach said. "He might be one of the calmest, coolest and most collective high school players I've ever seen. Nothing fazes him."

Despite his gigantic season, Favors remains humble. According to the five-star prospect this isn't something that he expected or saw coming.

"I didn't expect all of this," he said. "I thought it was going to be an average year. I didn't expect it to be like this."

College coaches have become regulars at South Atlanta High School. He's received so much attention that he doesn't even list schools anymore. The last time he did, he named 26. Despite the attention, he's put recruiting on hold for now.

"What my advice was to him and what we are following right now is enjoy the junior year," Reddick said. "The schools will come there afterwards and they are going to stay on you because they want you."

"He sees the coaches coming in to evaluate him and he's relaxed and I think that's the best thing for him instead of being on that grind of which school," he added. "This summer and in the early part of the fall we'll take some visits and a make a decision then."

Taking his coaches advice, Favors is just taking it all in. Once the season ends he plans to start narrowing things down.

"It's still wide open right now, Favors said. "I'm going to make a serious list after the season is over. It seems like everyday somebody new pops up."

That shouldn't be surprising. Who wouldn't want the best player in the 2009 class?

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