Derrick Favors Down to Three; Michael Gilchrist Considering Five

by Alex Schwartz

A few days ago I had the opportunity to catch up with Derrick Favors '09 of South Atlanta (GA), arguably America's best player. The gifted 6'9 center is the most dominant low post player in the country and has a good shot at winning some National Player of the Year awards this season. Favors, who I listed as the fourth best performer at the 2008 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Classic, has been progressively cutting his college list down over the past few months. When I interviewed Derrick at the Elite 24 event, he had a list of 10 schools he was still considering. When I caught up with him again in early October, Favors informed me that he was down to five schools, having cut his list in half. By late November, that number had been trimmed down to four, as Florida State was no longer under consideration. Well, Derrick has chopped another team off his once extensive list of college options, and this time it is Memphis. When I got in touch with Favors recently, he let me know via text message that he was down to Georgia Tech, Georgia, and North Carolina State. The big man said that he had no favorites, stating, "they [are] all the same." I went on to ask Favors what the main factors in his decision would be: "Being able to play in front of my friends and family." He did say that this does not give the Peach State schools a leg up on NC State though. Derrick, who I project as a 2009 McDonald's All-American, has been slotted to select Georgia Tech every time I have done projections for him (late August, early October, and mid-November), with UGA listed as second in line every time. I still think that Derrick Favors will end up playing for Paul Hewitt as a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket.

Just as Favors is arguably the best player in the class of 2009, Michael Gilchrist '11 of St. Patrick's (NJ) is arguably the number one baller in the sophomore class. A 6'7 combo forward, the sophomore sensation has carried the St. Pat's Celtics this year, as North Carolina-signee Dexter Strickland '09 has missed a lot of time and Kyrie Irving '10 is still out due to transfer rules. Just yesterday, Gilchrist led his team to a come-from-behind win at Trenton Catholic (NJ), leading a massive fourth quarter comeback along with Paris Bennett '09, a future George Mason Patriot. After Michael's impressive 22-point performance, he was kind enough to talk to me for a few minutes. The lanky superstar, who said the Celtics pulled out yesterday's win due to "just heart, heart really," gave me his college list. The five lucky schools to be mentioned by Gilchrist were Seton Hall, UMass, Syracuse, Villanova, and Memphis, claiming offers from all five of them. Many people think he will end up as a Memphis Tiger, but only time will tell.

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