Baldwin honors Childress for Player of the Year

BALDWIN — Baldwin honored Brandon Childress for  receiving a top accolade from the completed basketball season.

The Baldwin senior was named by the Associated Press as Michigan’s Class D basketball Player of the Year.

He was recognized by the school on Wednesday (March 25) in a separate celebration.

“It’s a humbling experience,” Childress said. “It’s another reward from all the hard work at the end of the year. I appreciate all the people that have been there with me through it all.”

For his fourth and final varsity season, Childress averaged 25.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4 steals per game.

“It’s a blessing to see all the hard work I’ve put in is leading to somewhere,” Childress said. “It means a lot since I put in so much time and effort into this.”

He set the school’s career scoring record late in the season at 1,735 points. The record was formerly held by Durand Watkins.

“That’s a great honor,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said. “It just shows that we produce a lot of good athletes and we work hard and try to become the best we can at Baldwin.”

“He had a few games that really stood out and he scored bunches of points in a row,” Dillard said. “He had some pretty amazing dunks this year, including one against Muskegon Heights.”

Childress signed a letter to play football at Central Michigan University.

Football coach Doug Bolles read a statement at the presentation.

“He’s a leader,” Bolles said. “He’s smart, hardworking, talented, driven, well-deserved, humble, a great person. Words can’t explain how to describe this young man. He’s a 3.9 GPA student and has signed his letter of intent to play football at CMU with plans to study business management.”

Childress was hoping to be playing with his basketball teammates in the state finallast week. They were eliminated the previous week by Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in the regional semifinals.

“We didn’t play too well as a team,” Childress said. “That’s sports. You win some and lose some. I’m looking forward to coming back next year and seeing how the team does.”