Motivation Comes Easy For Favors

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Derrick Favors, Scout.com's No. 1 prospect, has a desire to succeed, and the amount of time and effort he puts into getting better is the proof.

Derrick Favors is motivated.

Like a number of other teenagers across the country, Favors, the nation's top ranked prospect, has dreams of playing in the NBA and living a different type of life.

"What motivates me is when I sit at home and look at the TV and I see all of these players that live in these big fancy houses and have the fancy cars," Favors said. "They are living the good life. It just motivates me every time I look at it."

If Favors, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward, continues to develop at the rate he has, his hopes and dreams aren't too far from becoming a reality. But for now, he's enjoying being a kid.

The rap on Favors is he's a quiet, unassuming individual. But he claims to be more talkative than people think and he says he's into all the same things that his high school peers are.

"I'm just a regular person," Favors said. "I like to go out and have fun with friends and teammates. I like to have fun with my girl friend and play video games."

Favors may be a "regular" person, but he certainly is blessed with irregular ability on the court. College programs have been recruiting him since he was in middle school; now as a high school senior he's the most dominant big man the 2009 class has to offer.

During his junior season at Atlanta (Ga.) South Atlanta he averaged 23.7 points, 17.1 rebounds and 9.1 blocks, while going for 19 triple-doubles. However his huge season was cut short, as the Hornets, who finished 27-3, lost in the first round of the playoffs. The loss still haunts him.

"It's gone on for three years," the future McDonald's All-American said. "I'm just trying to win every game this year and win state."

After the season, Favors went to work with the Atlanta Celtics, traveling the country and playing in majority of the top events. His dominance continued on the AAU circuit, and he began showing off improved facets of his game, like his mid-range jumper.

He also spent time with the Adidas Nations team and traveled to Africa with Dexter Strickland, Reeves Nelson, Brendan Lane, Jerry Brown and Tyler Griffey. The experience in Africa certainly opened his eyes to a different culture.

"It made me thankful for everything over here," he said. "We played against the African team. We got to go around Africa a little bit. We looked at the slave trade thing. We tried out some of their food down there too."

It's clear that Favors was blessed with natural ability and size. But he's worked hard to get to this point. His high school Michael Reddick, who played at Stetson, has been a big influence on his life and especially his game.

According to Reddick, Favors' drive and determination is what has made him such a special player.

"What people don't know about him is how much work he actually puts in," Reddick said. "They think just because he's tall and has a little bit of ability that he can just go out there and do what he does. The amount of work he puts in, most people don't realize."

Every day after school Reddick puts his squad through conditioning, which consists of running on the track and weight lifting. On the track Favors usually comes in first, in the weight room he always reaches the targeted goals Reddick has for him.

"He's been awesome [to coach]," Reddick claimed. "He's a dream come true. A kid of that size that has the physical talent and the mental talent and the competitive nature that he has, that's a dream come true for any coach."

Favors said Reddick pushes him, every day. But he also mentioned another mentor in his life, Jammar Stegall, who coached the Celtics this year. Between the two of them, Favors has a good support system and two people in his life that help him reach his goals.

"They just keep me in the gym all day," Favors said. "They'll pick me up early on the weekends and help me workout after school."

But that's exactly where Favors wants to be. So eventually he can have one of those big fancy houses and a fancy car to match.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a full breakdown on Favors' top schools and an update on his recruitment.


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