"This draft in particular - nobody had any idea where they would go," the All-American from The Farm admits. "I was sitting in my hotel room the last two days just dying inside. All the trades and everything. But I'm happy that I'm going to the Hawks."
While many of the debates surrounding Childress' NBA future have compared him to other forwards in the pros, he made a proclamation just minutes after his selection that might have surprised some. Though the public record will show him as the top small forward taken tonight in the Draft (ahead of Luol Deng, Luke Jackson and Josh Smith) he says he is something else...
"I'm a two-guard. I feel I've always been a two-guard and think that's my natural position," he opines.
Taken with the #6 pick in this draft, Childress now holds the torch as the highest drafted player in Stanford history. Stanford center Rich Kelley previously held that honor with his #7 selection by the New Orleans Jazz in 1975.
Josh Childress missed the first nine games of the season with a stress reaction in his foot, and he did not start until the fourth week of Pac-10 play. But he earned every First Team All-American honor with his play when he was healthy. The long and athletic forward averaged 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He did not take over every game he played, but he delivered some incredible memories in several contests for the #1-ranked Cardinal this year, including a 36-point domination at USC that will be talked about for ages by Stanford fans.
Josh Childress 2003-04 statistics
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