Yoeli Childs (born January 13, 1998) is an American college basketball player for the Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars of the West Coast Conference (WCC).
High School Career
Childs played at Bingham High School, a class 6A high school, in South Jordan, Utah. During his sophomore year, the 2013-14 season, he averaged 11.1 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game as Bingham advanced to the state quarterfinals. During his junior year, the 2014-15 season, he improved his average points per game to 16.4 and his average rebounds per game to 10.7 when Bingham again reached the state quarterfinals. Then in the 2015-16 season, Childs average points per game reached 18.5 while he maintained an average of 10.7 rebounds per game and Bingham High School won the state championship.
In the 2016 recruiting class, Childs was ranked by ESPN at 53rd in their Top 100, 2nd in the state of Utah, 6th in the region and 13th among Power Forwards. As a consensus four-star recruit, Childs received athletic scholarship offers from Arizona State University, Auburn, Boise State, Brigham Young University, Idaho State University, Utah State University, Vanderbilt and Wyoming, but signed with Brigham Young University in September 2015.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|South Jordan, Utah||Bingham High School||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||225 lb (102 kg)||Sep 12, 2015|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN: ESPN grade: 85|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Rivals: 71 247Sports: 115 ESPN: 53|
Childs had an immediate impact with the Cougars as a true freshman during the 2016-17 season. He played in 33 of the team's 34 games, starting in 26 of those games. He averaged nearly 26 minutes per game, scoring 9.3 points per game and getting 8.2 rebounds per game. He was selected to the All-West Coast Conference Freshman Team alongside teammate TJ Haws.
During the 2017-18 season, in his second year with BYU, Childs' numbers improved dramatically. His points per game increased to 17.8 and his 3-point and free throw percentages increased to .643 and .313, respectively. Childs was selected during January 2018 as a WCC Player of the Week. At the close of the season, he and teammate Elijah Bryant were named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team.
Prior to the start of the 2018-19 season, Childs decided to enter his name in the NBA draft pool. While he did not hire an agent, in order to possibly return to BYU for another year, many believed that he would not return to play for BYU for his junior season. After receiving what Child's called "valuable feedback," he did decide to play at BYU for his junior year. Childs was named to the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year award preseason watch list and was later named as one of the 10 finalists. During the year, his name was included on the Lute Olson Player of the Year and the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year awards. In December and again in January, Childs was named a WCC Player of the Week. Childs finished the year first in the WCC in scoring at 21.2 points per game and first in rebounding at 9.7 per game.
After the close of his junior year, Childs again decided to enter his name into the NBA draft pool, this time hiring an agent. He unexpectedly decided to return to BYU for his final season saying, "I'm coming back for my senior year. Let’s make some magic happen." For the second straight season, Childs was named to the watch lists for the preseason Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award as well as the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year Award. He was also listed as a preseason candidate for the Naismith Trophy, the Wooden Award and the Julius Erving Award. Due to paperwork errors as part of the NBA draft exploration process, Childs did not participate in the first 9 games of the season.
|2016–17||Brigham Young University||33||26||25.9||.550||.000||.585||8.2||1.2||0.6||1.4||9.3|
|2017–18||Brigham Young University||35||34||34.0||.541||.313||.643||8.6||2.2||0.9||1.8||17.8|
|2018–19||Brigham Young University||32||32||33.3||.507||.323||.708||9.7||2.1||1.0||1.0||21.2|
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Childs is the son of Kara Childs and has one brother. He is a member of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was baptized in the church in July 2016 at the age of 18. He was married on August 3, 2018 to the former Megan Boudreaux who is a member of the Utah Valley University volleyball team.
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- "In stunning reversal, Yoeli Childs withdraws from NBA draft to play senior season with BYU". www.ksl.com. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
- "The Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award | College Basketball Awards | CollegeInsider.com". www.louhenson.com. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
- "Yoeli Childs; Sam Merrill, Named To Naismith Trophy Watch List". Mid-Utah Radio. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
- "Yoeli Childs Named To Wooden Award Preseason Top 50". KSL Sports. 2019-11-07. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
- "BYU's Yoeli Childs Receives National Praise From College Hoops Insider". KSL Sports. 2019-06-05. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
- "BYU F Childs suspended 9 games for paperwork error". SI.com. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
- McDonald, Ryan (2016-08-08). "BYU freshman basketball player Yoeli Childs joins LDS Church". Deseret News. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
- Brigham Young University Athlete Profile
- ESPN Athlete Profile
- Yoeli Childs on Twitter
- Yoeli Childs on Instagram