December 6, 1985 |
Bronx, New York
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|Weight||130 lb (59 kg)|
|College||Trinity Valley CC,
|Draft||15th overall, 2008
Los Angeles Sparks
|Los Angeles Sparks (2008–2009)
Indiana Fever (2011)
Washington Mystics (2012)
Shannon Denise Bobbitt is an American professional basketball player, most recently for the WNBA's Washington Mystics. One of eight children and a native of the Bronx, New York Bobbitt honed her basketball skills on the neighborhood project courts of Harlem. Following a stellar college career in which 5'2" Bobbitt won two Division I national titles at University of Tennessee she decided to enter the WNBA and began her professional basketball career playing point guard for the Los Angeles Sparks.
Bobbitt attended Murry Bergtraum High School in New York, there she helped lead her team to two straight PSAL and State Federation titles. As a sophomore she gained attention for her basketball skills, city rankings had her listed as the second best player. During her junior season her team went undefeated posting a record of 30–0 before winning the national high school championship. She finished her High School career by helping her team post a 29–1 record which was good for third in the nation.
The guard decided Junior College was her best option out of high school, so she chose Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, because they had just won a national title. During the 2005–06 season, Bobbitt handed out 211 assists to rank third in the nation in assists broke the 22-year old school record at Trinity Valley for her career in that category. She led Trinity Valley to the NJCAA National Tournament, and the 2006 Region XIV Championship with a 30–2 record overall and 18–0 mark in conference play. Bobbitt was the 2006 Women's Basketball Coaches Association Junior College Player of the Year.
Bobbitt help guide the Volunteers to the regular season SEC title in 2006–2007. Bobbitt's play was also key in ending the nine-year UT title drought, as the Volunteers defeated Rutgers for the National Championship on April 3, 2007. Bobbitt was named to the All-Tournament team.
The defending champions successfully defended their title in 2007–2008, again behind their point guard, who guided them to a title by defeating Stanford on April 8, 2008.
Bobbitt was the 15th pick in the 2008 WNBA draft on April 9, as the Sparks made her the first pick in the second round. Hobbitt joins teammate Candace Parker and former college teammate Sidney Spencer on the Los Angeles squad, which also features Olympian Lisa Leslie.
On July 22, 2008, Bobbitt and her teammates were involved in a skirmish with the Detroit Shock. The fight broke out at The Palace of Auburn Hills with 4.6 seconds left in the game, the game ended with the LA Sparks winning. The WNBA suspended a total of 10 players and Detroit assistant coach Rick Mahorn. Bobbitt received an in-game technical and was later suspended two games for leaving the bench.
She played for Botas in Turkey during the 2008–09 WNBA off-season. On May 14, 2010, The Sparks waived Shannon Bobbitt.
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