Atlanta Prep Standout Staying Put and Playing At Georgia Tech

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday Jan. 14, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) -- Derrick Favors, one of the nation's top high school basketball prospects, announced Wednesday he will play at Georgia Tech next season.

The 6-foot-9 center picked the Yellow Jackets over Georgia and North Carolina State, though his decision won't be official until the next signing period in April.

Favors attended Wednesday night's game against No. 3 Duke and received a rousing ovation when shown on the video board during the second half. "It's close to home and I want my friends to come see me," said Favors, who is averaging more than 28 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots for South Atlanta High School.

The commitment by Favors completes a hugely successful recruiting class for Georgia Tech, which already signed 6-4 shooting guard Glen Rice Jr., 6-7 power forward Kammeon Holsey, 6-2 point guard Mfon Udofia and 6-4 small forward Brian Oliver.

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