Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Derrick Favors could decide on a school “any day now,” according to Hulio Smith, one of Favors’ AAU coaches with the Atlanta Celtics.
“Looks like he may go in the early period now,” Smith wrote in a text message Tuesday morning. “Hopefully any day now. Everyone will find out at the same time as he will do it live on ESPNU.”
The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Favors out of South Atlanta High is the No. 1 center in the Class of 2009. He will choose from among Georgia, Georgia Tech and N.C. State, Smith said.
Memphis and Florida State are apparently no longer in the mix. Favors had planned to visit Memphis but that visit did not take place.
In-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech have long been the favorites to obtain Favors, but he and John Wall, the top recruit in the Class of ‘09, both recently visited N.C. State.
Favors initially said he may wait to commit until during the season, but his coach wants him to choose a school by the early signing period this month.
“It just depends on how comfortable he feels after….the visits,”South Atlanta coach Michael Reddicksaid. “I would prefer he would get it done by the signing date in November. That’s what’s preferable.
“It would take away a little more of the distraction and speculation. He would have that over with.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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