The Michigan Wolverines held their annual College Practice Camp on Saturday afternoon at the Crisler Center and as excepted, they drew an impressive group of talent including rising star Baldwin (Mich.) 2015 guard Brandon Childress. With multiple offers from schools in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, and Ivy League, Childress clearly walked in with one of more impressive resumes and he reportedly backed it up with his great play on the court.
Steve Bell of BankHoops.com described Childress as the Class D torch-bearer, who hit up Ann Arbor with a fresh haircut, and an all business type attitude.
“He was aggressive and assertive, beating defenders from all three levels. Rebounded, defended, passed it. Athleticism, his separation and rise, will allow him to be a college wing guard at 6-3.” - Steve Bell of BankHoops.com
Keep in mind that Steve Bell isn’t the only one who is excited about Childress’s performance at the Michigan camp, Childress, himself also feels he performed well.
“I feel like I showed everyone in attendance that I could play at high level with the ‘top competition,’ so to speak.” Childress said. “Every time I step on the court, I have chip on my shoulder, because there is always some talk that 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.”
“At the Michigan camp, I feel like I was able to break down some of those barriers. I played well in the 3 on 3 sessions as well as on the 5 on 5 sessions. I was able to show my versatility and ability to score but more importantly, I was able to show my ability to create for others and play lock-down defense. After the camp, I spoke briefly with Michigan assistant coach Bacari Alexander and he mentioned how I much I had improved since last year. Last night I received news that I made the Michigan All-Camp Team, which means I was one of the seven guys out of everyone there who stood out the most and really performed.”
Although Childress didn’t walk away with an offer from Michigan, he feels that it’s possibility that he could receive an offer in the future.
“I feel like Michigan could possibly offer. ” Childress replied. “However, if I don’t receive an offer from Michigan, then so be it. No matter what, I will still continue to grind and work hard. At the end of the day, I appreciate every college program that takes an interest in me and offers me a scholarship to play for their school and gain a free education and my degree.”
As I mentioned earlier, Childress certainly doesn’t have a shortage of offers. As of right now, Childress holds offers from West Virginia, Penn State, Rice, Boston College, Rhode Island, Dartmouth, Central Michigan, Yale, Kent State, North Florida and UC Davis.
While Childress says he appreciates each offer, he says there are five schools in particular that he is really high on right now.
“Right now, I’m really high on West Virginia, Penn State, Boston College, Rhode Island and UC Davis.” Childress said. “All five schools, come from great competitive basketball conferences, they all have great coaching staffs but most importantly, they all have great academic programs and high graduation success rates.”
Childress added that he plans to visit both Boston College and Penn State in about two weeks.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit