April 29, 1976 |
New York City, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||169 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||La Salle Academy
(New York City, New York)
|NBA draft||1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Bullets|
|1999–2000||La Crosse Bobcats|
|2001||Florida Sea Dragons|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
God Shammgod (born April 29, 1976 and also formerly known as Shammgod Wells) is an American former professional basketball player. He played in the NBA with the Washington Wizards during 1997–98 after being drafted by them in the 2nd round (17th pick) of the 1997 NBA draft. He played in the Chinese Basketball Association for several teams, including the Zhejiang Cyclones. and Shanxi Yujun. He also played professionally in Poland and Saudi Arabia.
When he was known as Shammgod Wells, he played high school basketball at La Salle Academy in Manhattan. His teammates at La Salle Academy included future NBA player Metta World Peace (then known as Ron Artest) and former Providence College center Karim Shabazz. He was selected to the 1995 McDonald's All-American Team and recorded 9 points in the All-American game. He also played with Kobe Bryant during a summer on an AAU team. Kobe learned the cross-over dribble move from Shammgod during this time.
Shammgod played for two seasons at Providence College, where he averaged 10.3 PPG for his college career. He was selected to the Big East All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 1996 after setting the Big East freshman assist record, which has since been broken. As a sophomore, Shammgod teamed with future NBA player Austin Croshere in leading the Friars to the 1997 Elite Eight, where they lost to eventual NCAA champion Arizona in overtime. Shammgod registered 23 points and 5 assists while matching up against future NBA player Mike Bibby in the loss.
Shammgod called himself "Shammgod Wells" up until he finished high school. When he enrolled at Providence, he was informed that he would have to register under his legal name. Since it would have cost $600 to change his legal name to Shammgod Wells and he did not have the money, Shammgod stopped using the alias.
Shammgod reenrolled at Providence in 2012 to complete his undergraduate studies and is expected to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Development in May 2015. He has also been an undergraduate student assistant on Ed Cooley's staff and has been credited with playing a role in the development of Bryce Cotton and Kris Dunn.
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