Childress receiving more Division 1 offers

BALDWIN — He’s focusing on baseball right now as Brandon Childress and the Baldwin Panthers enter the late stretch of the 2014 season.

But Childress will soon start mulling over the offers he’s received from Division I schools to play college basketball, once he graduates in 2015.

The most recent team, Childress said, recently to submit an offer for his services is Boston College. Ira Childress, a relative, reported over the weekend that Brandon has now received a Big Ten offer from Penn State.

Ira Childress noted that Brandon has wrapped up a strong spring AAU season this weekend.

“He will spend the month of June with his high school team and attend a few camps,” Ira Childress said. “First up is the June 7th College Practice Camp at Michigan. The UofM coaches have been in communication with him and he is looking forward to the camp. Brandon plans to make his college decision before his high school basketball season starts.”

Childress has also received offers from Central Michigan University, University of California-Davis, Dartmouth, Kent State, North Florida, Rhode Island, Rice, West Virginia and Yale.

Childress, an all-stater with Baldwin’s 2013-14 team, recently went to Los Angeles, with his AAU team to play in a tournament.

“That was an eye-opening experience, it was pretty cool,” Childress said. “I’ve never been that far away from home. I’ve never been to California, never been to L.A., never flown on a plane. So it was a lot of new experiences for me.”

He played with his team, Parallel 45, based from Mancelona. There are 10 on the team.

“We played teams from all over like Arizona, California and Utah, all in that area,” Childress said. “We did end up winning our bracket in the tournament. So we got a championship from that. The most rewarding time was probably performing in front of some big-time college coaches that were out there.”

The process for Childress to start narrowing down his list of offers will begin soon.

“I think I’ll start my official visits in the summertime, probably late summer and into the fall,” Childress said. “It’s still wide-open. It’s a blessing.”

Playing in the AAU tournaments “is helping getting my name out,” he said. “Coaches that don’t think I play in good competition (during high school season) can see me play in better competition.”