Wanda Guyton

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Wanda Guyton
Center
Born (1965-10-14) October 14, 1965 (age 48)
Tampa, Florida
Nationality United States American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
High school Hillsborough High School (Florida)
College University of Southern Florida
Profile WNBA player profile

Wanda Marie Guyton (born October 14, 1965 in Tampa, Florida) is a women's professional basketball coach and former professional women's basketball player. She is currently a women's professional basketball coach in Wasserburg, Germany.[1]

High school career[edit]

Guyton played at Hillsborough High School (Tampa, Florida) (1981–1984) where she led the lady Terriers in scoring as their center, in her three seasons at HHS. She was the first female basketball player to break the 1,000 point scoring threshold, in becoming Hillsborough County's girls all-time leading scorer in her senior year, without the benefit of the three point shot.[2] All while leading the lady Terriers to their first ever FHSAA Girls Class 4A State Basketball Championship final in 1984, earning State Runnerups, after a 31 -37 loss to Deland High in the title game.[3]

College career[edit]

University of South Florida[edit]

In 2009 Wanda Guyton was inducted into the USF Athletics Hall of Fame. Wanda was a torchbearer for the University of South Florida women's basketball program. She put the program on the map and made a name for herself on a national level as a two-time WNBA champion and standout in the Italian and German leagues. Guyton was a member of the women’s basketball team during the 1984-85, 1986–87 and 1988–89 seasons and played primarily as post player who saw time as a forward and center. Her dominance of the USF record books is unparalleled. Guyton still owns 10 career records today, almost 20 seasons after completing her college eligibility.[4]

Professional career[edit]

International/FIBA[edit]

After graduating from USF, Guyton played professionally in Japan, Italy, Spain and Germany. And later, after her exit from the WNBA as a player, Guyton returned to Germany to play for Wasserburg, where she finished out her 18 year professional career as a player, retiring in 2007.[5]

WNBA[edit]

Guyton's professional basketball career, came full circle, when she returned to the US, after being selected by the Houston Comets in the first round (No. 5 overall) in the 1997 WNBA Elite Draft. She was waived by Houston on June 8, 1999, but not before becoming a two time WNBA champion, as a member of the back to back WNBA Championship Houston Comets teams of 1997 and 1998. And, soon after signed by the Detroit Shock on July 28, 1999. Wanda was waived by Detroit on May 22, 2000.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Guyton, Wanda. "Wanda_Guyton_.com". Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Guyton, Wanda. "Basketball:_Girls_1000_point_scorers_in_Hillsborough_history". TBO.com. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Guyton, Wanda. "FHSAA Girls Basketball Championships". fhsaa.org. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Guyton, Wanda. "2009_USF_Athletics_Hall_of_Fame_Class". www.gousfbulls.com. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Guyton, Wanda. "Guyton_Takes_Her_Bow_EuroCup_Women_2008_FIBA_ Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 31 August 2013.