It was a big week for 6-foot-9 Derrick Favors from South Atlanta (Atlanta), and in the aftermath he has been selected as the ESPN RISE National Boys Basketball Player of the Week.
Favors, the No. 2 player in the ESPNU 100 recruiting rankings, stood out with three key performances despite his team losing twice.
Off the court, Favors made news as he chose hometown Georgia Tech to continue his career in the fall. On the court, South Atlanta dropped a pair of national games to No. 2 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and No. 7 LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.).
In the three games, he averaged 30.7 points, 16 rebounds and 4.7 blocked shots.
Favors faced two of the nation's top big men and fared well. Against LeFlore's DeMarcus Cousins, he produced 36 points and 14 rebounds. Favors had a 25-point, 17-rebound effort against Oklahoma-bound Keith "Tiny" Gallon of OHA.
Here are the rest of this week's ESPN RISE regional basketball players of the week:
East Region Region Boys' Basketball Player of the Week
Lamont Jones (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
The lightning-quick 6-foot point guard headed to Virginia Tech erupted for 34 points on Monday as the Warriors won a showdown over nationally-ranked Christ School (Arden, N.C.) Jones added seven points, six assists and two steals earlier last week when Oak Hill Academy downed South Atlanta. The team improved to 22-0 after defeating Christ School.
Southeast Region Boys' Basketball Player of the Week
Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, Atlanta)
Also named as the ESPN RISE National Boys Basketball Player of the Week.
Midwest Region Boys' Basketball Player of the Week
Jared Sullinger (Northland, Columbus, Ohio)
The 6-foot-9 Ohio State recruit led the unbeaten, nationally-ranked Vikings to a 56-39 victory over San Diego (Calif.) High in a clash of two of the nation's top juniors in the Flyin' to the Hoop event in Kettering, Ohio. It was the Vikings' 54th consecutive regular season win. Sullinger, son of Northland coach Satch Sullinger, scored 21 of his game-high 23 points in the second half, and dunked three times, in the showdown against 6-foot-11 Jeremy Tyler, a Louisville recruit. Tyler scored 22 points, including seven dunks, before fouling out with 2:18 left to play.
Southwest Region Boys' Basketball Player of the Week
Justin Nahle (Americas, El Paso, Texas)
The 5-foot-8 guard is averaging 25 points per game and had a pair of 30-point games for his team last week. Nahle first scored 31 points in a 69-46 triumph over Coronado. He came back to hit for 33 in a 66-50 win vs. Franklin. Nahle's high games so far this season are 36 and 35 points.
West Region Boys' Basketball Player of the Week
Derrick Williams (La Mirada, Calif.)
The 6-foot-7 senior is regarded as one of the most improved players in the nation and came up big in two outings for his team last week. Williams, who is headed to USC and is averaging more than 25 points per game, poured in 33 points and had 12 rebounds and four blocks as La Mirada topped Mayfair, 83-67. The Matadores then faced Artesia and won, 70-60, behind Williams, who had 33 points, 14 rebounds and five steals.