Randolph Childress on Whether His Crossover in 1995 ACC Tournament on Jeff McInnis Was More Disrespectful Than James Harden’s on Wesley Johnson (Video)Read Now
The 2018 ACC Tournament tips off this week at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Virginia and Duke are the top 2 seeds and have earned double byes, which means they won’t play until Thursday. BSO will be on hand all week to bring you the sights and sounds of the premiere conference tournament in college basketball.
On Monday, several of the teams got a little light shooting work done and familiarized themselves with the arena. Head coach Danny Manning and his Wake Forest Deamon Deacons were one of the teams to take the floor late in the afternoon. Following the shootaround, we caught up with Associate Head Coach Randolph Childress.
Childress is a Wake legend. The 1995 All-American, 2X All-ACC player, and 1995 ACC tournament MVP averaged 18.4 ppg over his career. During that ’95 season and ACC tourney run, Childress and sophomore big man Tim Duncan led Wake to the tournament title. Childress averaged 35.7 points and 7 assists per game. The run was punctuated with a defining finals win over North Carolina, where he scored 37 points, dished out 7 assists, and hit a game-winning jumper with 4 seconds left in overtime. The defining moment of the game was Childress dribbling the ball on the left wing being guarded by UNC’s Jeff McInnis. Childress goes into his crossover dribble to shake McInnis. McInnis falls and Childress motions to him to get up and then buries the three. It’s one of those plays you always remember and is the stuff of ACC and college hoops legend.
See my full interview with Childress below, we talk about Wake’s mindset coming into the tournament, what he was thinking about when he made that move in 1995, and whether or not his move or James Harden’s crossover on Wesley Johnson was more disrespectful.