Josh Childress did what a lot of people do these days when they find themselves suddenly out of a work.

He went back to school.

Childress who is one of four players to accept a training camp invite with the Wizards was 28 credits short of getting his degree in sociology. Camp began Saturday morning at George Mason University in nearby Fairfax Va.

"I was up at Stanford the past five months from April to August finishing my degree and just working out" said Childress 30 who was the No. 6 overall pick of the Atlanta Hawks in the 2004 draft. "I did (walk in cap and gown). My family came up for it. it was a really good feeling.

"Obviously being nine years removed it's something that I'm really proud of."

A 6-8 small forward Childress played just 14 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season before he was released Dec. 29. He averaged double figures in his four seasons in Atlanta but unhappy with its offer when he became a restricted free agent Childress shocked everyone by leaving to play in Greece after the 2007-08 season.

Childress returned to the NBA two years later with the Phoenix Suns and it was a disaster even with then-point guard Steve Nash. The Suns were loaded at his position so playing time was sparse and the offense was geared towards spot-up shooters. He latched on with the Nets on a non-guaranteed deal and was cut in favor of veteran Jerry Stackhouse.