Junior guard and quarterback Brandon Childress, who plays both basketball and football for Baldwin High School (Mich.) is undoubtedly a force on both the hardwood and the gridiron but due to his impressive junior season on the court this past season, it’s safe to say that Childress has truly become a rising star on the basketball court. It seems various college coaches have already begun taking notice, seeing that Childress has already earned multiple scholarship offers from UC Davis, Central Michigan, Grand Valley State and most recently Rhode Island.
“I was offered by Rhode Island last Wednesday and I couldn’t be more excited.” Childress said. “Anytime you receive a division one offer, I believe it’s an exciting feeling but for me, it’s really exciting because I am from a small town and for high level division one schools to look at me and offer me is a blessing and exciting.
“When it comes to Rhode Island, I really like their style of play. They fit my offensive style of play which is up-tempo and aggressive defense, plus I like the fact that they also run a guard oriented offense which benefits me. Most importantly, they have a good pre-medicine program which is important to me since I plan to major in medicine. I plan to do more research on them but there is no doubt that Dan Hurley’s successful program speaks for itself. I hope to visit the school soon, to get a feel for the campus, the facilities and the atmosphere.”
At this point, I think it’s safe to say that more offers are on the way for Childress. He is a very aggressive player, who takes the ball to the rim aggressively and finish at the rim strong no matter who is in his way. His mid-range shot is lethal and he is capable of knocking the outside shot down when needed. On the defensive side of the ball, he is an aggressive defender who likes the challenge of guarding the best player. It’s because of his consistent all-round game and aggressive nature that Childress has already begun gaining interest from other top college basketball programs like Iowa, Purdue, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, North Florida, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Northern Illinois, Ball State and West Virginia.
This past Monday, West Virginia assistant coach Ron Everhart, visited the state of Michigan to speak with Childress. Now originally head coach Bob Huggins was supposed to join them, but unfortunately he was unable to make it. While Childress says he was looking forward to meeting coach Huggins, he also added that his meeting with coach Everhart went really well.
“Coach Everhart kept it real with me through the entire meeting.” Childress replied. “He did a great job of presenting the West Virginia program to me. He explained to me what he and the rest of the coaching staff like about my game and he emphasized that I am their number one recruiting prospect at the guard position.”
Although, Childress didn’t receive an official offer after the meeting, he says he feels an offer is close and he likes the idea of playing at West Virginia.
“They didn’t offer me but Coach Everhart said that when they do offer me, it would be by Coach Huggins.” Childress said. “At this point, I feel like an offer is coming soon, it’s just matter of being patient.”
“To receive an offer from West Virginia would be great and exciting. I’ve watched them play before and I enjoy the way they play. I like the fact that they play with both physical and mental toughness and I also like the fact that they have one of the better strength and conditioning programs in college basketball. The atmosphere is really great there too, the fans show the players and the program a lot of love and appreciation. Overall, West Virginia has a great program and it would be blessing to receive an offer from them.”
In the meantime, Childress says that he plans to continue enjoying the recruiting process but his main focus is on becoming a better player as he continues to play with a chip on his shoulder.
“At this point, my main focus is to prove to college coaches that I can play at any level but specifically the division one level.” Childress replied. “Every time I step on the court, I have chip on my shoulder, because there is some talk by coaches and people in general who believe I can’t play high level division one basketball because I come from a small school and I don’t always get a chance to face the ‘top competition’ in the state on a regular basis. Basketball is my passion and I spend countless hours trying to become a better basketball player, whether it’s in a gym, in the weight room or in film, the point being that I always trying to see how I can get better.”
“As for the recruiting process, I can’t complain mainly because I am so fortunate to be able to go through this experience. I thank God every day for this opportunity and I appreciate every college program that takes an interest in me and offers me a scholarship to play at for their school and gain a free education and my degree.”
For now you can expect to see Childress in action this summer with his AAU team, Parallel 45 but don’t be surprised if you hear his name more and more as the year goes on because there is no doubt that this young man is a very dedicated leader who believes in setting high goals for himself and working hard to achieve them.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit