Offer Looming?

With West Virginia's hoops season complete, the Mountaineer coaching staff has begun to focus their attention to the recruiting scene. Their efforts will take them to Baldwin (Mich.) to see guard Brandon Childress.

Baldwin High point guard Brandon Childress is garnering interest from several programs across the east coast. The class of 2015 guard's most significant interest is coming from West Virginia, where an official offer could soon follow.

"I talked to Coach (Ron) Everhart this past Sunday night and he told me him and Coach (Bob) Huggins are going to try and come up to Baldwin either Thursday or Friday, but if not they'll come next Monday," Childress said.

Despite not having seen Childress in person before, the message was clear the Mountaineer staff had been following his game on the court.

"He told me they've been following me in AAU and this season," Childress explained. "He said they were impressed with everything they saw including my highlight tape. He was telling me him and Coach Huggins were impressed with what I was doing and they like my grades, too. He said they could see me playing as a freshman, too."

A two-sport athlete, Childress holds an offer in football from Central Michigan. Moving forward, though, he believes his future is on the hardwood.

"Right now I'm leaning more towards basketball," Childress said. "I wouldn't mind playing both sports in college, and I'm sure it could be something worth trying. But basketball is what I'm really leaning towards."

Childress (6-3, 185 lbs.), has early offers from Central Michigan and UC-Davis and is receiving interest from Vanderbilt, Harvard, Princeton and Iowa, in addition to West Virginia.

Moving forward, though, the Mountaineers could take an early lead in large part because of their conference affiliation, playing against top competition each night.

"It plays a big factor," Childress said. "I was actually talking to my father about this earlier. I want to go to a school that plays in a big time conference where night in and out I play against tougher competition. I feel like I can play in that conference so that's where I'm leaning."

A combo guard, Childress believes he can contribute in several ways.

"If I had to compare my game to someone it would be a Russell Westbrook type of player," he described. "I get to the rack and take it to the rim aggressively. I'm not the greatest three-point shooter , but I can knock it down. I'm more comfortable with the mid-range jumper and getting to the rack."

"I feel like I can help at both ends of the court," Childress continued. "I want to guard the other teams best player. I'm a competitive kind of guy and that's how I've always felt."

BlueGoldNews.com will continue to update the recruitment of Childress, and have more details following his upcoming visit with the Mountaineer staff.


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