Name: Shavonte Zellous
Height: 5'11"
Position: Guard
Class: Senior
School: Pittsburgh



One of the more gifted athletes among college seniors, Zellous combines unparalleled quickness with a deft mid-range shooting touch to thrive on the offensive end. A true scorer, Zellous has averaged more than 18 ppg in three out of four seasons at Pittsburgh, including a career-best 23.6 ppg this season. Although Zellous lacks some size, she's grabbing 5.4 rebounds per contest while getting to the line almost 8 times a night. A two-time All-Big East performer, Zellous was named to the 2009 preseason Wade Trophy Watch list. It's pretty much a consensus that Zellous ranks among the best shooting guards in the 2009 Draft class.



"Zellous is a scoring type guard that has put up some big number games."



Graham Hays, Women's Basketball Contributor for ESPN

Zellous is one of the college game’s outstanding pure scorers, up there with players like Toliver. She’s got a mid-range shot and has always been able to get to the free-throw line, but the progress she’s made behind the 3-point line this season adds another dimension. She may be an inch or two shy of ideal size for a scoring guard, but that’s a small nit to pick given her offensive skills.



Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shavonte Zellous is one of the most improved players in the country over the past three seasons. Her athleticism has never been a question as she is clearly a WNBA-level athlete. She has a ridiculous vertical leap, one which enables her to rebound against anyone as well as rise high enough to get her shot off against anyone. She has a very quick first step and she is extremely strong, both with the ball and running through picks to get open.

She came to Pitt very raw in terms of her actual basketball skills but that has changed dramatically over the past year. She has become a much more refined and complete player in every aspect of the game. One important development in her game is her agressiveness and assertiveness on offense. The last two seasons, the Panthers were built around a big post player, Marcedes Walker, and Zellous often deferred to Walker on offense and the Panthers most of their offense through Walker.

Despite that, Zellous still averaged 19 points per game in 2006-07 and 18 points per game in 2007-08. And as of January 23 this year, with Walker gone, Zellous is tied for third in the NCAA in scoring (24.1 ppg) and she is carrying more of the load on offense. She has responded by taking the ball to the basket more agressively and she has improved her outside shooting as well. At 5-foot-11 and given her athleticism, there is no question she is tall enough and athletic enough to become a top guard in the WNBA.



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