Favors: 'The Fan Support Surprised Me'

Official visit No. 3 is in the books for South Atlanta (GA) High power forward Derrick Favors, Scout.com's No. 1 player in the 2009 class, and Pack Pride has the latest on his recruitment.

After previously taking official visits to Georgia and Georgia Tech, South Atlanta (GA) High power forward Derrick Favors flew to NC State on Friday for his third official visit.

"It was a real good trip," said Favors. "I liked it... I had a lot of fun up there."

While in Raleigh, he attended two of NC State's practices, toured the facilities, spent some time with the Wolfpack's players, and attended a cookout at head coach Sidney Lowe's home.

With that being said, Favors mentioned that the best part of the trip for him was the attention he received at State's Saturday practice that was open to the fans and media.

"The best thing was when the fans chanted my name and stuff," he said. "The fan support surprised me. I didn't know it was going to be like that at NC State."

Favors stated that his list is mainly down to NC State, Georgia Tech, Georgia, and Memphis. He has yet to visit Memphis, but plans to do so in the near future.

"It's mainly those four," said Favors. "I'm trying to set up one with Memphis for this weekend coming up."

Here are his thoughts on the programs currently under consideration.

Georgia: "I like their team and the coaches. Their facilities are nice too."

Georgia Tech: "It's the same thing. I like the team and the coaching staff."

Memphis: "The coach is friendly, and they win a lot of games. I haven't been there yet."

NC State: "I like their coaches, the players, and their fan support. I like their facilities too."

When the time comes to make a decision, Favors will rely on his family and coaching staff for advice, and he has an idea of what will play a vital role in his final choice.

"I lean on all of them because they can help me make the right decision," said Favors. "I'm looking for the best place that can help develop me so I can reach the NBA.

"I've wanted to play in the NBA ever since I was a little kid... I want to go to the place that can get me ready to play in the NBA."

When does Favors believe that he will be ready to give a verbal commitment?

"I haven't decided on when I will do it," he said. "There is still a chance I can in the fall, but I don't know yet."

Favors is a man of few words, but he is dominant on the basketball court. Rated the No. 1 player overall in the 2009 class, he led the Hornets to a 27-3 record during his junior year, averaging 23.7 points, 17.1 rebounds and 9.1 blocks along the way.

What does he want to accomplish as a senior?

"I want to win every game we play," he said. "I think we're going to have a great season this year. We're looking pretty good."

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