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Sunday / December 17.
  • Favors to Announce Wednesday

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    Derrick Favors, the No. 1 big man in the Class of 2009, will announce his decision Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the ESPN Zone in Buckhead, Ga.

    “I just feel a relief about it,” Favors told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m happy to get it over with so I don’t have nothing else to think about.”

    “I’m pretty sure his mind’s made up. That’s why he’s ready to announce it now,” Hulio Smith, Favors’ AAU coach, said by text.

    The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Favors recently cut his list to Georgia Tech, Georgia and N.C. State.

    He recently told Alex Schwartz of the Northstar Basketball Blog that “Being able to play in front of my friends and family” was a major factor in his decision.

    Our guess is Georgia Tech, but we’ll have to wait and see. Paul Hewitt was in attendance Tuesday night when Favors scored 30 points in South Atlanta’s blowout victory.

    On Thursday night, Favors and South Atlanta will play against Mobile (Ala.) LeFlore, whose team features top power forward DeMarcus Cousins. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. on ESPN2.

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    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. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.