By Josh Cann
Yoeli Childs, (pronounced Yow-lee) is 6’6, 225 lbs and plays Power Forward and Center for the Bingham Miners in South Jordan, UT. He averages 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game on a 5A Bingham squad that is currently 20-2 overall, 12-0 in their region. He had scholarship offers from Auburn, Vanderbilt, Princeton, Boise St, Arizona St, Marquette, and of course BYU who he signed with.
“I love BYU’s style of play and also the coaching staff.” Childs said. “One of the reasons I chose the Cougars is because of BYU’s priorities and they loved me the most.”
Childs was recruited by Tim Lacomb mostly, but also Quincy Lewis and Coach Rose a little as well.
“I took my official visit a few months ago and that was when I committed to the Cougs.” Childs said.
Childs is rated at #50 on the ESPN Top 100 recruits in the country for the 2016 class. He vaulted up to #50 after he added he worked on and added the 3pt shot to his game. He’s been shooting nearly 50% from 3 this season as a Senior.
He’s being recruited to BYU as a power forward.
When asked who his game most resembles he responded with Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green, or Paul Millsap.
Childs brings versatility to the power forward position. He can bang down low, get boards and blocks, but also is able to hit the jumpers and 3-pt shots as well. He’ll be a nice addition to the Cougars down low and is a versatile player both offensively and defensively.
Childs plays on the Utah Prospects, a local basketball club team comprised of the best in-state talent where he was teammates with other BYU signees Gavin Baxter and Connor Harding, and former BYU commit now Duke commit Frank Jackson. He has a good relationship with all of them and said they text each other from time to time.
He will enroll in classes this summer. He plans on playing four straight years for the Cougs.
“I’m excited to be part of something special and I’m just grateful for the opportunity.” Childs said. “I’m excited to play with Mika, Emery, and Haws.”
“The two main reasons I chose BYU is because of how much they love me and that they can win a National Championship.”