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Wake Legend Randolph Childress’ Shocking Shoulder Injury During Epic 1995 ACC Tourney

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Mac Attack 01/31/12:   Former Wake Forest legend Randolph Childress joined the guys to discuss his great ACC career and that famous 1995 ACC Tournament run.

Childress knew going in to the 1995 ACC Tournament that his time as a Demon Deacon was drawing to a close, and he wanted to leave his mark on the tournament.

“It was my last go around, and I was just making sure I left it all on the court.  That was my mindset…Coming in to Wake we weren’t very good…[Winning an ACC Tournament] hadn’t been done in a long time.  I thought, going in to it, that if we were going to lose, I was going to make sure I left it all on the court. “

Unfortunately for Childress, he was unable to practice that whole week leading up to the Duke game because of a shoulder injury the first practice of the week.

“The clearest thing I remember about that moment…the one thing that people never realize, the one thing that makes that tournament as great a performance as it was, I [hurt] my shoulder in that first practice the week of [ACCs] and didn’t touch a ball all week.  The first time I touched a ball was at the Duke game…I couldn’t really lift my arm above my shoulder…I just remember thinking before the game, ‘I can’t believe this is happening, with everything I have gone through to this point, this injury happening’…I remember asking the Coach [about the injury] after the game and he said, ‘Son, you just had 40 points, I don’t think anyone is concerned with your shoulder.’”

Childress remembers the 1995 run as the agony of a shoulder injury, the frustration of all his hard work nearly down the drain, but his legacy as a Demon Deacon is still lasting as one of the fiercest ACC basketball players of all time.

“I was briefly told I was one of the top 10 most hated players by Carolina and Duke, so I consider that an honor…If you make that list, you’re doing pretty [well].”


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