Well, what do you know?

Yoeli Childs declared for the NBA Draft back in March and every indication was that he was leaving BYU for professional opportunities.

That is, until Wednesday, when Childs posted a video on social media indicating he was going to return to Provo for his senior year.

Childs return is, obviously, a big deal. The 6-foot-8 forward led the West Coast Conference in scoring last season (21.2 points per game), averaged 9.7 rebounds and was named to the all-conference first team. He will be one of the top returning big men in the country.

However, his NBA stock apparently wasn’t strong enough for him to be selected for the NBA Combine or the draft in June. Detractors pointed to his 3-point shooting — which has improved — and questioned his ability to guard well enough in the NBA. Childs had an offer to play professionally overseas after his sophomore season and likely would have found similar opportunities in the future.

Instead, he has apparently bought what new coach Mark Pope has been selling. Pope has assembled a lineup that was very guard heavy with only two players — sophomores Gavin Baxter and Kolby Lee — big enough to be considered true post players.

Childs’ return creates a lineup that will be senior-laden with the ability to score inside and outside.

Pope and his coaching staff has made a lot of roster additions during his first month on the job and had one scholarship remaining.

Childs will fill that role nicely.

Childs will address the media about his decision on Thursday morning.


Follow Darnell Dickson on Twitter @darnellwrites or e-mail him at ddickson@heraldextra.com.

Darnell Dickson, who has been covering sports in Utah since 1989 (with a detour to Nebraska for three years somewhere in there), is currently the BYU football columnist and BYU men’s basketball beat writer.

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