Real Deal: Derrick Favors Spotlight

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- Every year the Atlanta Celtics put together an impressive squad, and this year is no different. At the Real Deal on the Hill, they made it to the semifinals and were lead by a huge front line that includes super sophomore Derrick Favors.

Trey Thompkins and Chris Singleton also star up front for the adidas-sponsored squad. While both of the juniors are getting a lot of attention, Favors potentially is the best prospect of the three. The 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward is equipped with long arms, a versatile game and special shot blocking ability.

"I've been playing all right," he said. "I haven't played my best yet, but I've been playing okay."

So what is Favors' best game? He didn't even know, but claims he's capable of doing more than he showed this past weekend.

"I just go hard, play defense and try my best," Favors said moments after leaving it all on the floor in a heartbreaking loss to Pump N' Run Elite in the semifinals.

Favors said playing with a few other talented big men makes his job much easier. While Favors doesn't have trouble scoring, when he plays with Thompkins his focus is on defense.

"It's way easier. I don't have to focus on offense all the time. I can do most of my work on defense and let [Thompkins] handle the offense."

After averaging 24 points and nine blocks this past season for South Atlanta HS, Favors saw interest from schools rise. During his high school season most of the SEC stopped by to check him out, including a few head coaches such as John Calipari, Paul Hewitt and Dennis Felton. His AAU coaches said he'd received early interest from North Carolina.

As just a sophomore, Favors admitted that it's too early to give out a list of schools and that he's not sure what he's looking for. However, it is clear that he's a big time prospect and high majors are already working him hard.

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