The North Carolina Top 80 Event was hosted this past Saturday by Phenom Hoop Report and featured 80 of the best high school basketball players in the state of North Carolina. WakeJake and I went to the event and watched 2016 Wake Forest point guard commit Brandon Childress perform. Below are the observations of scouts who covered the event as well as our own evaluation.
Brandon is an excellent shooter with a quick release. Jake and I watched him one year ago at this event, and Childress was doing everything but shoot. We were both impressed by how much his shooting has improved in just one year. He will be one of the best shooters on the team the moment he steps foot on Wake's campus.
In the first game he did not demonstrate as much passing ability, but as the games progressed he showed very nice feel in the pick-and-roll game. He also throws a nice alley-oop pass, which makes sense considering that his high school teammates are Kwe Parker and Harry Giles.
Chill finished as the camp's 5th leading scorer with 16 points per game.
Brandon's Areas of Improvement:
Childress does a nice job of attacking and getting to the rim, but he needs to work on converting. He's a solid defender, but must continue to get stronger.
Brandon reminds us of a Mitchell Wilbekin-like shooter, but Chill is stronger and a better passer/driver. There's no denying that Brandon can play and has an excellent feel for the game.
Brandon Childress (Wesleyan Christian, 2016, 6'0) was the best shooter I saw today at the #NCTop80 ...also does a good job leading the break— James Blackburn (@jamesjunior21) March 28, 2015
6' Wake Forest commit Brandon Childress had 17 Points on 7-12 FG in his 2nd round game #NCTop80— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) March 28, 2015
Brandon Childress was selected Mr. Playmaker by the camp coaches. pic.twitter.com/5HR2G3KdxK— Rick Lewis (@Coach_Rick57) March 28, 2015
Team 2, Brandon Childress lit it up at our @bball_elite showcase same day Wake Forest offered him. Deep shooter w smooth poise.— Marcus Shockley (@m_shockley) March 26, 2015