Monday , Jul , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks sign rookies Childress, Smith

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks have signed forwards Josh
Childress and Josh Smith, the club’s two first-round selections in the 2004
NBA draft.

Both players agreed to three-year contracts with options for a fourth season.
Financial terms were not disclosed.

Childress was tabbed with the sixth overall selection after entering the draft
following his junior season at Stanford, where he earned All-America and
Pac-10 Player of the Year honors for the 2003-04 campaign. The 6-foot-8
Childress averaged 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, leading Stanford to
a 30-2 record and a number one seed in last year’s NCAA Tournament.

The Hawks chose Smith with the 17th overall pick after the 6-foot-9 forward
averaged 25.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and six blocks per game as a senior for the
nation’s top-ranked high school team, Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. The
Georgia native was also named to the McDonald’s and Parade Magazine All-
America squads.