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In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in early August), we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2003/2004 school-year. Here is a link to that story.
The criteria are as follows:
Each academic year, The Bootlegs Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed Spirit of Stanford.
During the month of August, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. The previously announced winners of this award are Tony Azevedo, Amber Liu, Peter Marshall, Jed Lowrie, Matt Gentry, Tara Kirk, Dan Gill and Sara Bei.
The ninth recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is Josh Childress. Despite missing the first nine games of the season, Childress dominated conference play last season and was voted the 2003-04 Pac-10 Player of the Year the first Stanford player ever to receive that award. Childress averaged a team-best 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for a Stanford team that won its first 26 games and finished at 30-2 for the season. Childress had his career-best game against USC in Los Angeles this past season. In a 76-67 Cardinal victory on 2/19/04, Childress poured in 36 points (on 12 of 15 shooting from the floor) and grabbed eleven rebounds. He was also voted the MVP of the Pac-10 tournament while scoring 49 points (62% shooting) in three Cardinal wins.
After the season, the awards kept stacking up. Childress was named to nine All-American teams, including first-team selection by AP, Sports Illustrated, NABC, John R. Wooden, Basketball Times, Adolph F. Rupp and USBWA. He was also a finalist for the Adolph F. Rupp, Naismith, and John R. Wooden Player of the Year Awards.
In late-June, Childress became the highest draft choice in Stanford basketball history when the Atlanta Hawks selected him with the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft. Childress also became the ninth Stanford player to be picked in the first round of the NBA draft.
During Childress three seasons on The Farm, Stanford posted an impressive 43-11 record in Pac-10 play.
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