Childs Intrigued by BYU Offer

Dave Rose and the BYU basketball program recently received one commitment from Timpview High School forward Gavin Baxter and extended another to Bingham High School power forward Yoeli Childs. Childs is excited about his Cougar offer and what a possible future at BYU holds.

BYU basketball head coach Dave Rose’s program has a bright future ahead of it, and with commits from four star senior-to-be Gavin Baxter that brightness continues to shine. Recently, Coach Rose extended another scholarship offer to another talented instate prospect in Bingham High School prospect Yoeli Childs.

“I’m excited about the offer and it’s great,” said Childs. “I went down there for an unofficial and looked around the campus and stuff. BYU is a really good school and I really like the coaches and what they’re bringing to the table. We have mutual interest so I’m excited about my scholarship offer.”

On the court, Childs gets it done on both ends. He averaged a double-double last season for the Bingham Miners.

“I averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds, and two and a half blocks a game,” said Childs. “I’m 6-7, 225-pounds and have really long arms. I have a seven foot wingspan. I graduate in 2016.”

At the next level he’ll continue to play power forward, which is just fine with Childs. He loves the physical nature the position requires and loves to do the dirty work.

“I kind of see myself as a power forward type guy,” said Childs. “I love contact and love to bang inside. I pride myself on playing hard and physical and love to do the dirty work; hard screens, rebound, and run the floor.”

Childs played with Frank Jackson, who also has an offer from BYU, and Gavin Baxter, who just committed to BYU, on a Utah AAU basketball club called the Utah Prospects, which were ranked 21st in the nation.

“It’s just a fun idea to play with one of my teammates,” Childs said. “You know me, Gavin [Baxter], Frank [Jackson], and Conner [Harding] all have BYU offers, and we’ve all started playing together two years ago. We all just love playing together.”

One reason why Childs would consider BYU is because of the quality of future talent that is coming into the program. He sees BYU as being a powerhouse program in the near future and the thought of being a part of it excites him.

“Yeah the fact that BYU has a lot of talent coming into the program has really sparked my interest,” Childs said. “A lot of the guys coming in I’ve watched them play. A lot of them are older so it was when I was a freshman, but I know what they’re bringing to BYU and they should be really good. Also BYU got Gavin Baxter who just committed, so the fact that BYU has a lot of talent coming into their program is really intriguing.

“I just love a lot of the players they have over there. At BYU I would be with a lot of the guys I would want to play with. I’m also really comfortable with their coaching staff, they’re all really good guys. Those are some of the reasons.”

Last season, Childs attended a BYU basketball game at the Marriott Center when BYU hosted rival Utah to the court. He got a good first-hand look at what the environment is like on BYU’s home court.

“Yeah, I came to the BYU vs. Utah game,” said Childs. “It was a really good atmosphere and I enjoyed it a lot. There was a lot of energy in the air and the fans were really into the game.”

As for now Childs currently holds scholarship offers from seven D-1 colleges affiliated with various conferences around the country.

“I have offers from BYU, Idaho State, Utah State, Arizona State, Boise State, Wyoming, and Auburn,” said Childs.

So how does BYU stack up against the other scholarship offers? For Childs, BYU is one of his favorite schools and stacks up rather well.

“BYU stacks up really well and are definitely up there,” said Childs. “It’s one of my favorite schools and me and my coaching staff discussed that [yesterday]. I’m just keeping my options open right now and will probably make a decision before my high school season. I just really like what BYU brings to the table.”

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