Getting to Know ... Pittsburgh G Shavonte Zellous

Pittsburgh G Shavonte Zellous
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Pittsburgh’s Shavonte Zellous has emerged as one of the top guard prospects in this year’s WNBA Draft thanks to her ability to flat-out score the ball.

She is an explosive and entertaining guard that has the ability to create her own shot off the dribble and either get to the basket or pull up with a smooth jumper. In this year’s NCAA Tournament, she averaged 24.3 points in three games as she led the Panthers to the Sweet 16.

She leaves a legacy at Pittsburgh as the school’s first three-time All-Big EAST first team selection (men or women) as well as the women’s basketball program’s first All-America selection.

As she prepares for the next stage of her career, Zellous answered questions from WNBA.com to give us a glimpse of who she is and what she will bring to the WNBA.

WNBA.com: What have you been doing and working on since the end of your team’s season?

Zellous: I’ve been lifting, playing & training.

WNBA.com: What memories do you have about your college hoops experience? What will you remember most?

Zellous: My favorite team memory is going to the NCAA postseason three times, including the Sweet 16 twice. Personally, it was great to break the all time scoring record and score 600 points in three consecutive years. Also, I am the only player - female or male - to score over 700 points in one season.

WNBA.com: What strengths, qualities or skills will you bring or add to a WNBA team?

Zellous: I feel I am all around versatile guard that can help any team. I am good off the dribble, off the screen or in the open court. I can also rebound offensively and defensively and I have great court vision. My greatest skill would be my athleticism and ability to jump with timing or rebounding or shooting. I would bring great charisma and personality to any team that drafted me.

WNBA.com: What skills do you feel you need to improve or work on at the next level?

Zellous: The skill I most need to improve at the next level would be my ball handling. I am working daily on this and I feel I am capable of creating my own shot or advancing the ball, I just cannot handle like a point guard.

WNBA.com: What do you expect to be some of the biggest challenges or adjustments at the next level?

Zellous: I think the biggest adjustment I will have is going from a student athlete to a professional athlete. I think the constant travel, workouts, and lengthy game schedule will be different for me.

WNBA.com: Is there a current WNBA player you model your game after?

Zellous: I model my game after Deanna Nolan of the Detroit Shock.

WNBA.com: What WNBA players are you most looking forward to playing against or meeting?

Zellous: Deanna Nolan, Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi are the players I most look forward to meet.

WNBA.com: Who are some of your all-time dream teammates that you’d want to play with?

Zellous: Renee Montgomery as my point guard, Cheryl Ford as my forward, Deanna Nolan alongside me and my center would be Lisa Leslie.

WNBA.com: What are a few things people need to know about you personally and what you’ll bring to the WNBA?

Zellous: Personally, I am a fun loving person who loves to smile. I will bring excitement with my game and laughter off the court. I like to dance, shop, hang out with my teammates and talk on the phone.

WNBA.com: What are you thinking and feeling as the Draft approaches?

Zellous: As the draft approaches, I am excited but I am nervous. My nerves stem from being anxious and I really want to meet my new coaches and team.

WNBA.com: What is your best on-court moment?

Zellous: If I had to say my best on-court moment, it would be when I scored a bucket against Notre Dame and that gave me over 2,000 points. Really, I haven’t had it yet.

WNBA.com: What is your source of inspiration when it comes to basketball?

Zellous: My source of inspiration when it comes to basketball is definitely my mom, Tangela Allen, and my brother, Jeremy.

WNBA.com: What do you like to do to relax off the court?

Zellous: I love to watch SportsCenter and sleep when I have time to relax.

WNBA.com: What is your favorite movie, book, musician, TV show, and magazine?

Zellous: My favorite movie is “Save the Last Dance.” I enjoy reading the Bible and listening to Jazmine Sullivan. "Martin" is my favorite TV show and Sports Illustrated and Vibe are my favorite magazines.