Favors considering Kentucky

May 15, 2008

This story lists Derrick Favors (6’10” PF) as considering the following schools:

Favors is considering KU, Memphis, Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech and others.


Video: Derrick Favors

May 9, 2008

I’ve seen a few people comparing Derrick Favors (6’10”, PF) to NBA star Dwight Howard, and I’m not so sure they are wrong. Here’s some more video of pretty much everybody’s #1 player, and one thing I like about him is his attitude. He might be the kind of player who will only do one year in college, but you never know.

I really like Favors’ timing on his blocked shots. There are players who block a lot of shots just because they are tall, but Favors blocks shots with great timing, not just his height.

Favors also doesn’t just get buckets by being big and hanging around the basket, he moves without the ball and is always ready for the pass. Add in some nice post moves to get an open shot and you’ve got a serious baller.


Sign Up for the ACC Basketball Recruiting List (Secret Sauce Edition)

May 8, 2008

So I’ll get to the point: I come across a lot of information and not all of it can go into the blog. Sometimes, it’s because there is so much going on that there just isn’t time to add it, and I don’t like making multiple posts in a day if I can help it.

Other times, it’s because I pass along rumors and I only want to pass those along to people who are savvy enough to understand that.

The ‘Secret Sauce’

Sometimes I send out recruiting updates, player evaluations or analysis to people who are interested in the basketball recruiting in the ACC. Sometimes I might come across some cool magazine or video. This list is for hardcore fans and recruiting junkies. You might say it’s for people who are looking at what makes up the ‘secret sauce’ in the next national college basketball powerhouse, or the next NBA phenom.

To sign up, click here.

Don’t forget that when I release the 2008 ACC Basketball Recruiting Yearbook, I will be sending it to people on the list free of charge. It’s scheduled for release by the end of June 2008.

My guarantee about getting Magic Johnson to personally meet everyone on my list is still valid.


Top Ten 2009 ACC High School Basketball Targets

May 2, 2008

These are my current top ten players who have either been contacted by an ACC school, offered a scholarship by an ACC school or committed to an ACC school. The ACC schools that are in the mix are in parenthesis next to the player’s name. This does not mean that ACC schools lead for these players OR that the order of listings is indication of a leader among the schools.

1. Derrick Favors, 6’9” C (Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State)

2. Xavier Henry, 6’6” SG (North Carolina)

3. Kenny Boynton, 6’2” SG (Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami)

4. John Wall, 6’3”, PG (Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia)

5. Dominic Cheek, 6’6” SG (North Carolina, Miami)

6. Daniel Orton, 6’9” C (Maryland, Wake Forest)

7. Dexter Strickland, 6’3” SG (Committed to North Carolina)

8. Jordan Hamilton, 6’7” SF (North Carolina State)

9. John Henson, 6’10” PF (Committed to North Carolina)

10. DeShawn Painter, 6’9” PF (Clemson, Florida State, NC State, Virginia)

A notable exception here is Lance Stephenson (6’5” SF), who is #2 on many rankings and is often tagged as being a UNC target. I am pretty much of the opinion that UNC is not actively recruiting Stephenson, so until I see or hear otherwise (send me a link if you’ve got something), I am dropping him from my list of ACC targets. This moves Xavier Henry (who I think is leaning towards Memphis and Kansas over UNC) into my #2 spot, and introduces target DeShawn Painter into the top 10.

I also am not adding DeShonte Riley (6’10” C) to the mix even though he’s listed Boston College as a possible school. I kind of like DeShawn Painter a little more at this point.

These rankings may change as I get to see more of these guys, either in person or on video.

UPDATE, 7/1/208:After I posted this back in May, 2008, there have been a lot of changes and commitments. So if you want to keep up when the player DB comes online, click here.


Derrick Favors, Lighting It Up; John Wall to Memphis?

April 15, 2008

Derrick Favors continues to light it up, routinely putting up 20-20 games even as he plays against the top recruits in the nation. However, one key aspect about Favors is his attitude towards improvement and goal setting:

“I wanted the eighth-graders to do 50 pushups a night,” says [Favor’s coach] Reddick, who played professionally in Europe for 12 years. “Derrick came up to me and said, ‘Coach, how many do your guys do a night?’ When I told him 150-200, he said that’s how many he was going to start doing.”

Favors also does not intend to transfer schools, which sets him apart from other top recruits. Putting up 20-20 against top competition is excellent, but the key element that separates great players from merely good (or merely talented) is work ethic and an innate drive to improve themselves.

Naturally, Favors is the prize recruit this year by all of the major programs, and the ACC programs reportedly in the mix are Georgia Tech, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Florida State.

Meanwhile, Jerry Myers muses about the possibility of Favors going to Duke. Jerry reports that NC State, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Georgia are already high on Favor’s list.

Elsewhere, top PG John Wall from the Raliegh, NC area may be headed to Memphis. This is also being reported by here, along with Xavier Henry and Karron Johnson


Video: Derrick Favors Interview

April 13, 2008

Everybody’s #1, 6’8″ PF/C Derrick Favors of the 2009 class is featured in this video interview. He comes across as a very grounded young man, mentioning his defense and rebounding more than anything else.

As of this writing, the ACC schools pursuing Favors are reportedly Duke, Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State.