“We are real proud of them,” Childersburg head coach Al Barnett said. “Tyrell and Deda have been varsity players since sophomore year. Tyrell actually played a little bit as a freshman. They have been in our program for a long time. They are good guys and good to coach.”
Garrett said he chose Wallace State in Selma, because he felt like the coaching staff wanted them to come play for the program next season.
“It was really about going to play for some coaches that really wanted us,” Garrett said. “I feel wanted at Wallace. I like the plan they have for us at Wallace. If we do what we have to do we will start. It is just basically going to play for coaches that want us to be there.”
Bradley echoed the same sentiment as Garrett when it came down to choosing Wallace State in Selma as his destination for the next two seasons.
“I feel like it is a good move for me,” Bradley said. “I am small, so I wanted to go to a JUCO to get bigger and then try to go to a Division I or Division II school. The coaches were after us the whole year. They saw us and they wanted us.”
Bradley had a stellar senior season for Childersburg. The combo guard averaged 15 points per game, six rebounds and four assists per game.
“Deda has that pure jump shot, that silky smooth jump shot. He can score at will when he has the ball. I think he will be real successful at the next level. Sometimes we’ve had our differences. When I say that, one of the things that I really appreciate about him is that he can get over things real quick and move on. He doesn’t take himself too seriously. He gets along with everybody, he knows everybody on this campus. He will go to Wallace State Selma and he will know everybody within a week.”
Garrett led the Tigers this season with 17 points and eight rebounds per game. Garrett scored 31 points to lead Childersburg past Dallas County on the road. That was Dallas County’s first loss at home in four years.
“Tyrell has been a great player for us,” Barnett said. “I would think that Tyrell would be second all-time in dunks here without a doubt. I know his junior year he had between 40 and 50 dunks. Counting his sophomore and senior year he is probably around 100.He is very coachable and an easygoing guy. He is a good rebounder, scorer, defender and he can block shots. He is just somebody that you want around and he is going to be successful at the next level. He overcame a pretty bad ankle injury in November and battled back from that to have a very good year for us.”
Garrett’s athletic ability and his mid range game are some of the things he believed impressed the coaching staff.
“They want me to play the three (small forward),” Garrett said. “They said they like my midrange game and they like me at the head of the press. They believe I am going to grow some more, they believe I have raw talent and they like that I can jump out of the gym.”
This season, Bradley shot 41 percent from behind the arc and he used his quickness and athletic ability to create easy shots for him and his teammates.
Bradley said he feels like he should be able to start right away in Selma.
“I don’t feel any pressure,” Bradley said. “We both do the same things. I look at him like I am better than him, because he is short. He is 5-foot-7 and I am 6-foot-2. I feel like if I go in there and work hard I will start.”
Barnett sent praise to his assistant coach Michael Phillips for helping Bradley and Garrett getting signed.
“Coach Phillips does an outstanding job of getting these kids information out for them,” Barnett said. “Over the course of his four years here he has really done a good job of getting our kids exposure by sending out tapes, talking to coaches and doing a lot of the leg work behind the scenes. I want to give Coach Phillips some props for the hard work that he does getting the information out.”
Garrett began playing basketball at an early age and he believes signing would not have been possible without all of his coaches.
“I want to thank my recreation league coach Andre Swain, my middle school Coach (Chad Slaten), and my high school coaches,” Garrett said. “I want to thank Coach (Royce) Warren for working with my jump shot this season. I also want to thank Coach Phillips and Coach Barnett for giving me the opportunity to put on No.34 for my four years on varsity. I want to thank my family for supporting me.”