Georgia and Georgia Tech Still in The Hunt For Derrick Favors

Marcus ShockleyCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2008

The basketball recruiting world might not always agree on the player who is the No. 1 prospect, but Derrick Favors has long been considered one of the best players, if not the best, in the class of 2009 by several scouting services.

While the 6'9" power forward has wowed scouts and coaches on the floor with his spectacular blocks in the paint, hard work, rebounding, and fluid ability, he's played his cards close to the vest in regards to his recruiting status.

The perception is that in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech have the inside track. Both have been involved with Favors for some time, particularly the Bulldogs, and Georgia Tech is a home-town school (Favors is from Atlanta) with a storied basketball history.

As recently as a couple of months ago on the AAU circuit, Favors claimed a long list of 15 schools with "no favorite", much to the chagrin of fans and coaches alike.

Now, Favors has narrowed his list to six schools, including the aforementioned Georgia and Georgia Tech along with Memphis, Kentucky, Connecticut, and Florida State. The fact that both the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets remain on the list should provide plenty of continued fuel to the rumors that Favors will likely stay near home.

All of this might end up be clamoring for a player destined to do a one-year tour at the college ranks, but the down-to-Earth Favors still makes college coaches hope for a big signing.

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