What Ever Happened to That Guy???
God Shammgod (Providence)
God Shammgod’s birth-given, legal name is…God Shammgod. He was known as Shammgod Wells, using his mother’s surname in high school. He played his high school ball at LaSalle Academy in Manhattan where he teamed up with Ron Artest. God was named to the McDonald’s High School All-American team in 1995. After high school, the baller formally known as Shammgod Wells, reverted back to his legal name, God Shammgod and enrolled at Providence College. Providence, a Catholic college, now had God on their side. In 1996 he broke the Big East freshman assist record (which has since been broken) and was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team. He helped lead the Friars to the Elite Eight in 1997 where they lost to eventual champion Arizona. Shammgod dropped 23 points and 5 assists against Arizona and future NBA player Mike Bibby. God is most notably known for his handle. He has a crossover named after him; it’s literally known as the Shammgod…take a look. If you go and youtube the word “Shammgod” you can even find the Knicks Danilo Gallinari trying to pull off his move in a summer league game. Everyone who has ever touched a basketball knows what the “Shammgod” is. I just thank God err…the real God (for those of you who believe in him) that his name wasn’t something ridiculous. (i.e. Dick Butkus) “You just got Shammgod’d!” sounds much better then “You just got Dick Butkus’d.”
Where is he now? After his sophomore season, God decided to test the waters and enter the NBA draft. The Washington Bullets drafted him in the second round, 46th overall. God graced the NBA hardwood for exactly 20 games. It was then that God decided to spread his word and his game all over the country. (How am I doing on God/Biblical references? Count’s currently at 3.) In 2000 he played in the CBA, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic. In 2001 he played in Poland, the USBL, and a summer league with the Dallas Mavericks. From 2001-2003 he bounced back and forth between the Zhejang Horses of the Chinese Basketball Association and Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia. Shammgod averaged an eye-popping, water walking (Count: 4), 27.1 points per game with the Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones of the Chinese Basketball Association. In 2007 he arrived back in the states, under the name Shammgod Wells, playing for the IBL’s Portland Chinooks. After a year here, he traveled back overseas playing for Al Kuwait SC, the Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones, and most recently in Croatia for the club Cedevita Zagreb. He has been recently seen playing in Summer League games in the Tri-State Classic.
Fun Link: Slam Online caught up with God himself where he showed them some moves and drills.
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