Shavonte Zellous

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Shavonte Zellous
Shavonte Zellous.JPG
No. 1 – New York Liberty
Position Shooting guard
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1986-08-28) August 28, 1986 (age 30)
Nationality American / Croatian
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 155 lb (70 kg)
Career information
High school Jones (Orlando, Florida)
College Pittsburgh (2005–2009)
WNBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Detroit Shock
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009 Detroit Shock
2009–2010 Beşiktaş J.K.
20102015 Indiana Fever
2010–2011 TTT Riga
2011 Ramat HaSharon
2011–2013 Mersin BB
2013–2014 Galatasaray S.K.
2014–2015 Tulsa Shock
2014–2015 Fenerbahçe S.K.
2016–present New York Liberty
2016–present Beşiktaş J.K.
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Shavonte Zellous (born August 28, 1986) is an American professional basketball guard for the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was a standout basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh. Zellous was drafted 11th in the first round of the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Shock.

Professional Career[edit]

As a rookie in 2009, Zellous ranked second among rookies in points (11.9), was second overall in the league in free throws made (155) and averaged 1.8 assists per game.[1] Zellous scored in double-digits in 21 of the 34 games played during her first season and earned honors by making the WNBA All-Rookie Team, the lowest draft selection to ever make the All-Rookie team up until that point.[2] Zellous was a member of the Indiana Fever team that won the WNBA championship in 2012 and was named a WNBA All-Star in 2013.[3]

In 2013, Zellous almost doubled her scoring average, from 7.5 ppg in 2012 to 14.7 ppg in 2013. This improvement, coupled with increases in rebounding and shooting percentage helped her to win the WNBA Most-Improved player award in 2013.[4]

On February 1, 2016, Zellous signed with the New York Liberty.[5] Her WNBA averages include 39.5 % in Field Goals, 80.3 % in free throws, and 9.2 PPG.[6]

College career[edit]

While in college, Zellous was a standout guard for the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team from 2005–2009. While there, she helped lead her team to a WNIT "Final Four" in 2006 and three straight NCAA tournament appearances from 2007–2009, during which her team advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen" in 2008 and 2009. While at Pitt, she earned Third Team AP All-American honors in 2009 and was the Big East Conference Most Improved Player in 2007. Zellous finished her career at Pitt ranked third on the university's all-time scoring list with 2,253 points. Zellous also became the first player in Pitt history (men's or women's) and the ninth in Big East history (men's or women's) to score 600 points in three separate seasons.[7]

College statistics[edit]

Source[8]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Pittsburgh - - - - - - - - - -
2005–06 Pittsburgh 33 254 39.6 18.2 68.7 5.7 2.5 0.8 0.8 7.7
2006–07 Pittsburgh 33 631 42.7 31.4 77.4 5.9 2.8 1.0 0.6 19.1
2007–08 Pittsburgh 34 619 43.4 38.9 71.4 5.4 1.9 0.9 0.9 18.2
2008–09 Pittsburgh 33 747 41.5 36.6 78.3 5.7 2.9 1.1 0.6 22.6
Career Totals Pittsburgh 133 2251 42.1 34.6 75.0 5.7 2.5 0.9 0.7 16.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WNBA Names 2009 adidas All-Rookie Team". WNBA.com. September 24, 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ Pretzer, Ryan (September 24, 2009). "Recognition for the Rookie". Detroitshock.com. Retrieved October 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Former Pitt Star Shavonte Zellous Named to WNBA All-Star Team". PittsburghPanthers.com. July 23, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Michaelson, Lee (September 22, 2013). "Fever's Zellous is 2013 WNBA Most Improved Player". FullCourt.com. Lee Michaelson. Retrieved 23 Sep 2013. 
  5. ^ Liberty Signs Shavonte Zellous and Carolyn Swords
  6. ^ "Shavonte Zellous stats". Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Former Pitt guard Shavonte Zellous to play in her first professional game for the Detroit Shock". University of Pittsburgh. 09–06–05. Retrieved June 6, 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ "NCAA® Career Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2016-05-27.