Josh Childress Formally Decides To Stay In NBA Draft

June 5, 2004

Stanford, Ca - Josh Childress has made it official. The All-American forward has decided to remain in the June 2004 NBA Draft, and thus will be leaving Stanford University.

Childress, who was named to nine All-American teams during his junior season in 2003-04, has signed with agent Lon Babby, whose firm of Williams and Connolly also represents Tim Duncan, Grant Hill and Shane Battier.

Childress, who averaged 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds in becoming the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year, initially placed his name into the NBA Draft shortly after the end of the Stanford season but did not hire an agent. Childress has since worked out for the Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats (new NBA expansion team), Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Childress' next stop is the Philadelphia 76ers.

'Teams have noticed that I'm fundamentally sound,' said Childress. 'I'll do the little things; I'm committed to winning. And I'm a good kid. I won't cause any headaches.'

The website NBAdraft.net projects Childress as going to Cleveland at No. 10. One newspaper report had Childress being selected by Charlotte as the No. 4 pick.

'I can't recall a player getting better feedback from teams about not only the quality of his performance on the court, but also the quality of his person,' said Babby. 'I think people see him as having the potential to flourish in the NBA.'

Childress, who majored in Sociology, said he has promised his mother that he will complete his final year at Stanford and get his degree.

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