Favors and Georgia Tech Look Ahead

Following Derrick Favors announcement of his intention to turn pro, we had a chance to talk with Coach Paul Hewitt about Derrick's announcement, what the team is currently doing, and what the staff has been doing in anticipation of Derrick and Gani Lawal turning pro.

Coach Hewitt took some time to talk with Carroll Rodgers of the AJC, Coley Harvey of the Macon Telegraph to discuss some of what's going on now with the program. Coach Hewitt and staff have recently been on the road recruiting to try and fill some holes in the frontcourt with the departure of Gani and Derrick.

The move didn't come as a surprise to Coach Hewitt. "I think he's going to be one of the top five guys taken and I told him he couldn't go wrong either way." Hewitt has had conversations with pro scouts throughout the year but Favors status didn't necessitate that Coach Hewitt call on his behalf.

"The biggest thing we told Derrick was to finish school strong and get plenty of rest." Hewitt feels that mentally and emotionally that he's ready to make the jump. "Physically, he has some things he needs to work on and off the court he's as low maintenance as they come."

The year at Tech has helped prepare Favors for the next step. "There's no question that the year helped him get adjusted to physical play, understanding what he has to do in the weight room, and learning things about the game that he didn't have to know in high school."

The moves have influence what they've been doing on the recruiting trail. "We've been looking pretty hard and we have a couple of guys out there and we're waiting to see what happens." The staff hopes to bring in at least one more big man or more accurately someone that can play the frontcourt.

"We also have two guys that sat out this year in Kammeon (Holsey) and Daniel (Miller) who got a great deal of valuable experience this year." Both players won't be like normal freshmen as they already have an understanding of how Georgia Tech does things on and off the court. The two have been in the weight room with Miller is up from 235 to 258 and Kam is up from 218 to 235.

The team has been on the court this week and will be back out there again next week. "We've been able to practice two days this week and we'll be able to practice two days next week." The team has been practicing some of the wrinkles and changes that they'll be part of the new offense. "It will probably be a little bit more of a motion team."

With the signing period approaching this coming Wednesday the staff hopes to fill the frontcourt void with at least one more frontcourt recruit to go along with Miller and Holsey. Derrick Favors positive experience this year at Georgia Tech will be something that the staff can relate to potential recruits as they finish off this year's class and move on to the 2011 class.


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