Terrance Favors has the talent to play three positions for the Becker College basketball team - small forward in addition to both spots in the backcourt. But when the game is on the line, coach Brian Gorman shifts the former Bedford High star to the point.
"That's when I like the ball in his hands,'' said Gorman, whose 21-4 squad enters the New England Collegiate Conference tournament tomorrow riding a 15-game winning streak. "Terrance sets the tone for how we play. He shares the ball and has no ego about his own stats.''
The 6-foot-3 Favors leads the Hawks in minutes played (34 per game), scoring (17.7 points per game), assists (94), and steals (57), and holds the school record for career steals (357). At 1,592 points, the senior captain is 8 shy of third place on the Hawks' career scoring list.
He tossed in a team-best 16 points in 18 minutes Saturday when the Hawks clinched a perfect (16-0) conference season with a 87-49 win at Mitchell College.
Favors, who played on two Dual County League championship teams at Bedford High and was a league all-star and team captain, first caught Gorman's eye at a Hoop Mountain basketball camp.
"He just seemed a step ahead of everyone,'' said Gorman. "He has the intangibles you just can't teach.''
A Metco student who attended Bedford schools from sixth grade on, he learned the fundamentals of the game from his father, John Favors, at the Washington Park playground in Roxbury.
"Dad worked three jobs at one time to support our family,'' said Favors. "He's my biggest fan, and we still shoot hoops together in the summer.''
While at Bedford High, Favors and his teammates qualified for the Division 3 North tournament four times, but bowed out each season against Watertown High. In 2007, Bedford advanced to the sectional final but lost, 63-58, despite 21 points and 10 rebounds from Favors.
"He had that great smile and an ability to make those around him feel better about themselves,'' said Bedford High coach Jim Byrnes. "I've had Terrance work with me at summer basketball camps, and I invited him to our team practice this season to share his experiences.''
An NECC Rookie of the Year and a two-time all-conference selection at Becker, Favors said he never took anything for granted when he joined the Worcester school's squad.
"You're only as good as your last game,'' said Favors, whose college career began with an 0-for-7 shooting performance in a loss to Nichols. But the next day, he bounced back with a 6-for-9 effort and 16 points in a win over Worcester State. By the third game, he was starting.
"And now he's our team leader,'' said Gorman, whose Hawks were ranked 11th in the Northeast Region, have won 35 consecutive regular season conference games, and are the conference tournament's top seed.
Favors helped lead the Hawks to their first NCAA Division 3 tournament appearance last season. He scored 17 points and had 9 rebounds in an 80-73 first-round win over Scranton, and a team-high 16 points and 5 rebounds in a loss to host Williams College.
"I'll never forget being part of a team that made school history,'' said Favors, who has led Becker in steals the last three seasons. "I just try to make the right play at the right time, and to improve on every aspect of my game.''
Favors participates in the school's Big Brother/Big Sister partnership with the Worcester public schools, and also volunteers for freshman orientation.
"My experiences as a Metco student and here at Becker have made me a better person,'' he said, "and being a team captain makes me want to set a positive example. I couldn't have found a better fit.'
Story Courtesy of the Boston Globe- by Marvin Pave