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Former Comet Bryson Childress signs with High Point

Wednesday marked the opening of the NCAA signing period for high school student-athletes to choose where they would continue their education and athletic careers.

A former North Stanly standout’s choice was revealed via social media.

Brooke Childress, mother of former North Stanly Bryson Childress, announced on her Facebook page her son’s intentions to sign with High Point University.

The official Twitter account for Hargrave Prep, where Bryson spent last season playing and attending, confirmed the signing.

Stanly County’s all-time leader in career points scored, Childress and the Tigers went 35-4 this season. Hargrave Prep reached the semifinals of the national prep tournament, losing to Brewster Academy 97-78.

Childress previously had verbally committed to play for High Point and head coach Tubby Smith this past season.

“Playing for High Point and Coach Smith is such an honor to me,” Bryson said. “It feels great to be believed in by a coach like Coach Smith and a school as nice as High Point. I knew instantly I wanted to play for a guy like Coach Smith.”

“He is a young man that comes from a strong basketball family. I knew his grandfather, Tom, who played at Catawba, and his (grandfather) did play collegiately as well,” Smith said. “His work ethic and basketball IQ are outstanding and he is a guy who overachieves. We are grateful that Bryson chose High Point University.”

The High Point head coach said Childress learned a lot and matured in his time at Hargrave Prep under head coach Lee Martin.

“He brings the leadership and the outside shooting,” Smith said. “He can really shoot the basketball. We are excited to have him be a part of the Panther family and I look forward to coaching him.”

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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