Take 5ive: Derrick Favors Spotlight

CINCINNATI --- There are a handful of 2009 prospects that have established themselves at the top of the class and Derrick Favors is one of them. The 6-foot-11 center has already seen his recruitment take off and the Tar Heels are among the schools showing interest.

While the majority of the top prospects are playing at the LeBron James Skills Academy or at RBK U, Derrick Favors got a chance to go up against a handful of 7-footers at the adidas Take 5ive Classic.

Playing with the Atlanta Celtics in a super pool, Favors went head-to-head with Tyler Zeller, B.J. Mullens and Jeff Withey. Against the top 2008 centers, Favors more than held his own and was able to score buckets in the paint at will.

"I think I did well against them," Favors said. "I went straight at them and was aggressive. I've played against three 7-footers already and I want to play against them all."

Favors showed an aggressive side throughout the tournament and went right at the opposition. He displayed a nice jump hook, maneuvers easily in the paint and affected shots on the defensive end.

"It's something that I've been working on all spring and summer. I've just been working on [being more confident]. I've been trying to work on my moves."

On the recruiting front Favors said he is hearing from "everyone." While he didn't want to give out a list we know that he's hearing from a host of ACC and SEC programs.

"I have a lot of colleges sending me stuff," Favors said. "It's sort of wide open right now."

North Carolina is one school that has shown significant early interest in the Atlanta (Ga.) South standout. Roy Williams was in Cincinnati on Friday and Saturday and watched Favors – who is ranked the No. 1 center in the 2009 class by ScoutHoops.com.

Although Favors listed UNC among his scholarship offers, he was unable to confirm the specifics of the possible offer and noted that he's yet to speak to the Tar Heels' head coach.

"I haven't talked to Roy Williams yet but I talked their assistant coach. They've shown a lot of interest."

Favors said the next step in his recruitment is to make a list of ten schools at the end of the summer and begin taking visits.

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