Brandon Sherrod Leaving Yale To Sing A Capella

In one life, Brandon Sherrod is known as a decent rebounder and shot blocker as a forward for Yale’s basketball team. But in another he is an excellent singer. So excellent, in fact, that he was among 14 students chosen to make up Yale a capella group, the Whiffenpoofs (yes, you read that correctly).

Because of the time commitments to each, Sherrod had to choose one or the other for next season, and he settled on signing, tabbing it a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“The 6-foot-6 forward is one of the 14 students selected to make up the next version of the Whiffenpoofs, the school’s famous male a cappella singing group.

The group, formed in 1909, is comprised of rising seniors who take a year off school to travel the world and perform. Their alumni include composer Cole Porter, former Senator Prescott Bush and many other Yale luminaries.

Sherrod, who grew up playing basketball in Bridgeport and singing in his church choir, said Monday that he spent weeks making what was an extremely tough choice after being tapped to be a “Whiff,” a commitment that begins in August.”

What makes the decision a bit tougher, I’d imagine, is that Yale has a good shot to make the NCAA tournament next year, which would be the first trip since 1962.

Here are the Whiffenpoofs on NBC’s The Sing Off