Favors Wide Open

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Although he is just a member of the 2009 class, Derrick Favors changes the game as much as any interior prospect in the nation.

His talents were on display at the 2007 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. He reportedly had a 24-point, 17-rebound, 13-block performance in one pool play game, and his minor ankle injury late in the tournament was too much for the Celtics to overcome as they fell to King of the Court in the semifinals.

"I feel I've been playing real well," Derrick Favors said after one pool play contest. "I thought I played good last year and the year before that, so there is nothing new to it for me."

Favors has been on the recruiting radar ever since he burst on the scene at last year's Kingswood Classic. He followed that performance with great efforts at the Las Vegas Summer Camp and the Adidas Superstar Camp, cementing his status as one of the top players in the loaded 2009 class.

He certainly appears to be in no hurry to focus on recruiting.

"I'm looking at everybody," said Favors. "I have scholarship offers... all of them around here are on me."

Referring to Duke, North Carolina, and NC State, Favors stated that he has been hearing from all three programs. What does he like about the trio?

"I just like the tradition of the schools around here," Favors said. "A lot of great players came from these schools."

NC State assistant Larry Harris is recruiting Favors and his AAU teammate, wing Noel Johnson, for the Wolfpack. Favors has yet to visit NC State, and he is still trying to learn more about the program.

"I havne't made a visit yet, but I want to try and to do that when I can," he said. "I know the coaches are cool... I've watched them on TV whenever they played."

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