Brandon Childress faces a daunting challenge in his hometown: Stepping out from the shadow cast by his father. But over the past year, in particular, Childress has begun to establish an identity all his own.
A 6-0 junior point guard at High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan, no one who has watched him recently would question whether he's gifted enough to play for Wake Forest, which received his commitment on Friday night and confirmed the pledge on Twitter:
"I am proud to announce that I have committed to play at Wake Forest University #GODEACS"
The Demon Deacons certainly didn't recruit him like a toss-in, and had he expanded his recruitment there's no question he'd have been able to assemble a substantial high-major list.
Childress is a talented scorer who has become quicker and more confident over the past 12 months. He needs to get stronger and ideally grow another inch or two, but regardless his production and trajectory bode well for him in college.
Wake Forest has enjoyed a fantastic fall recruiting the 2015 class, and the Deacs hope 2016 proves even better. Childress gives them a talented scorer around which to build a class, and he's very close to nationally elite forward Harry Giles. A teammate of Giles' at Wesleyan, that duo has made numerous unofficial visits to Wake Forest.
In terms of in-person contact frequency, Wake stands far ahead of everyone else with Giles. Whether that's going to be sufficient to fend off Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky remains to be seen, but clearly the Demon Deacons are in the picture.
And with Childress, they already have notched a win in what appears to be a very strong crop of in-state junior prospects.