God Shammgod

God Shammgod
Personal information
Born (1976-04-29) April 29, 1976
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 169 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school La Salle Academy
(New York City, New York)
College Providence (1995–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Position Point guard
Number 2
Career history
19971999 Washington Wizards
1999–2000 La Crosse Bobcats
2000–2001 Czarni Słupsk
2001 Florida Sea Dragons
2001–2002 Zhejiang Cyclones
2002 Al-Ittihad Jeddah
2002–2003 Zhejiang Cyclones
2003–2005 Al-Ittihad Jeddah
2006–2007 Shanxi Yujun
2007 Portland Chinooks
2007 Al Kuwait
2007–2008 Zhejiang Cyclones
2008 Cedevita Zagreb
2009 Portland Chinooks
2009 Oregon Waves
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.[1] and Shanxi Yujun. He also played professionally in Poland and Saudi Arabia.[2]

High school

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.[3] 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.[4]

College career

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.[5] 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.[6]

Professional career

Shammgod appeared in 20 games for the Washington Wizards in 1997–98. Shammgod later played in the Chinese Basketball Association.[7]


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.[8]

Coaching career

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.[9]


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  2. "God Shammgod joins Portland Chinooks – OurSports Central – Independent and Minor League Sports News". OurSports Central. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  3. "West Schoolboy Stars Prevail". The New York Times. April 3, 1995. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  4. "Kobe Bryant Biography". JockBio. 1978-08-23. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  5. "CNN/SI from CNN and Sports Illustrated". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  6. "SouthCoastToday.com – News Archive – Your link to SouthCoast Massachusetts and beyond". Archive.southcoasttoday.com. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  7. "HoopsHype – God Shammgod: "Chris Paul is the best dribbler"". Blogs.hoopshype.com. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  8. Weber, Jim. "God Shammgod's unforgettable name is still bringing him fame – The Dagger – NCAAB Blog – Yahoo! Sports". Rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  9. Casey, Tim "Known for a Dribble, God Shammgod Crosses Over to Teaching" The New York Times, Thursday, March 12, 2015
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