WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest associate coach Randolph Childress learned about his son’s commitment the same way we all did nearly two years ago — on Twitter.
That came the very next morning after the father had a very frank conversation with his son Brandon.
Randolph knows the natural tendency of players now is to collect a bunch of offers, narrow down a list, go on a few visits and then make a pick. But he also knew the business side of things, and the need the Deacs had for a point guard.
“Listen. I need a point guard out of this class, whether it’s you or someone else,” Randolph told Brandon. “I’m getting a point guard out of this class. Now if this other guy commits, being your dad or not doesn’t save you. There’s nothing I can do. I’ll be best of luck and we’ll go from there.”
Randolph said it wasn’t a pleasant conversation, and Brandon got rather heated. The very next day, however, Brandon scheduled a visit with Wake head coach Danny Manning and gave his commitment to Wake Forest.
“I read it on Twitter, like I do with everyone else,” Randolph said. “Then I saw him later than night at home. I congratulated him and told him I thought he’d made a great decision.”
Randolph said the decision was always Brandon’s to make, but that deep down he knew Brandon wanted to come to Wake.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want him to be here, because I’d probably only get to watch him play a couple times all year,” Randolph said. “From that perspective I wanted him here, but I also knew he wanted to be here.”
Brandon told the media Monday that he envisions his jersey in the rafter at The Joel just like his father’s.
“If that have room up there (in the rafter) for another Childress being the second-best shooter, we’ll deal with that,” Randolph said.