Monday, April 20, 2009

Where Are They Now?

Born: 29.04.1976
Height: 6’0” (183 cm)
Height: 170 lbs. (77 kg)
From: New York, USA

Shammgod was born as Shammgod Wells in New York and there he was going to elementary school, and next to LaSalle Academy where in 1995 he was part of McDonald's All-America. Known as God Shammgod (officially changed his name) he started to play in few teams on local courts. God was always confident what helped him to reach his goals, but also drove him in a lot of troubles. After high school he was studying in Providence. In 95/96 season he scored average 9.6 ppg, 6.5 apg and 1.4 spg during 29 games. After season he was classified to BEC All-Rookie Team. He was very controversial player, starting at his name, ending at his comments. Last such controversial player was Marvin "Bad News" Barnes, former ABA star. One day he considered himself as best guard since Ernie DiGergorio – one of the biggest stars of the college and former NBA player. Scouts said he had some talent but he's another kid looking for fame and publicity. But God really had skills. He was fast, had great handle and could pass like nobody. He had makings of a team leader. In sophomore year his statistics were following: 10.8 ppg, 6.6 apg, 2.4 spg, 2.3 rpg. He played in 36 games. His abilities he could show at NCAA tournament where he got to Final Four. After this success Shammgod decided to end his education and enter NBA Draft. He was picked in 1997 in second round by Washington Wizards with 46th number. In 97/98 season God played in 20 games where he got average 3.1 ppg, 1.8 apg, 0.4 rpg, 0.4 spg. Unfortunately he suffered an injury and didn't appear on court till the end of the season. In 98/99 season there was a lookout in NBA and season was delayed. God started this season with Washington but they terminated his contract.

After playing in NBA he was in CBA for one season. He was player of La Crosse Bobcats which choose him in draft in 1997 with 36 number in forth round. He participated in two drafts hoping that he will be picked in one of them, but he was picked in both. In La Crosse Bobcats he played till January 2000. In March he joined Bravos, Venezuelan team, but during the season he left the team. 2000 season he ended in San Carlos team form Dominican Republic.

Next stage in his life was Poland (place where Speedballin is from). In 2000/01 season he was Brok Czarni Slupsk's player. During his 27 games he scored 11.9 ppg and had 5.6 apg, 2.8 spg, 1.7 rpg. He also played in polish All-Star game. Czarni Slupsk ended season on 7th place. After that season he came back to USA where he played 4 games for USBL's Florida Sea Dragons. He had 5.5 ppg, and 3.5 apg. Then he participated in Rocky Mountain Summer League where he was Dallas Mavericks player. Unfortunately there was no place for him in Mavs team. In 2002 season he was Zhejiang Horses and then Al Ittihad player (first – China, second – Saudi Arabia). This season was very successful because he reached play-offs with both teams. Whole 2002/03 season God spent in Zhejiang Horses team where he got 6.3 apg (3rd in league) and 2.5 spg (4th). He ended season recognized as All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team and Chinese CBA All-Imports Team player.

At the beginning of 2003/04 season he played in Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones in Chinese CBA league. He played in CBA All-Stars Game but in March he sign contract with Al Ittihad and played in KSA-D1 – Saudi Arabia league. With that team God won national championship, Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Fahed Cup, Saudi Arabia Nukhba Cup. He won also scoring title and MVP. He spend all next season (2004/05) with the same team. This time they get only to league's semifinal. In 2k5 God participated in Jones Cup (Taiwan) and Global Hoops Summit in Las Vegas. He returned to China for 2006/07 campaign. His Shanxi Yujun was the league's weakest team. After that he played for IBL's Portland Chinooks. He scored 24.7 ppg in 10 games (13th place in the league). Together with teamates David Lucas, David Jackson and Mike Parker he participated in 2007 IBL All-Star Game. His team took 5th place in the league (20-7). Next he signed with Al Kuwait S.C. (May 2k7). Team qualified to the Semi-Finals of Arab Clubs Championship. Shammgod played this season again in China for Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones.

At the end we should write something about his streetball achievements. All of us know him as "Shammgod" trick creator. In streetball world he is known as Shammgod Wells. Since he was born in streetball mecca he had chance to show his skills. He played in Bronx Summer League or Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) with MBK Entertainment. He start to play in Rucker Park EBC with Mousey's Dream Team (1992). On the team were top HS stars like: Stephon Marbury, Kareem Reid, Malloy Nesmith, Curry Thompson, Terry Dehere or Roderick Rhodes. They get to the finals. Unfortunately team lost against Flavor Unit. In 2000 for example he played for Puff Diddy's Bad Boy. His teammates were Kereem "Best Kept Secret" Reid and Ron "True Warrior" Artest (old friend from LaSalle Academy HS). Team has best RS result (6-0) but lost in play-off. He was part of NYC All-Star team in Rucker Park summer league where he played with Escalade or Richie Parker. He played in And1 vs. NY game, which was organized in Harlem. He appeared with ballers like: Reggie "High Five" Freeman, Rich Parker, Lonnie "Prime Objective" Harrell or Escalade. His comeback to NY caused standing ovation. He was competing with Skip what was loudly appreciated by crowd. Once Skip fooled God with his crossover, then came back and made an alley-oop. Shammgod didn't owe him for a long time. He served Skip his famous move and boomerang. I don't have to say what happened with the crowd. In this game And1 team was better and won this match. In 2004 he played in EBC for Definition team with Artest brothers Ron and Daniel. That year he gained another nick – In God We Trust. Also he joined streetball team – Suave & Smooth. Now Sham plays in Asian teams. Only in summer he returns to Big Apple to have some fun with his friends during tournaments in Rucker Park and other places.


Gum Soul ny said...

I remember watching this game and then immediately creating God Shammgod in EA Sports Live 95. He had one of the sickest crossovers ever.

Didn't he play with Stephon's cusin or Telfair's brother Jamel Thomas?

worndownboyboy said...

yes Sham played with Jamel Thomas and Austin Croshere @ Providence for 2 years. that team that had a good lil run in the NCAAs in the 90s had the original Nate robinson too..i forget the homie's name.

worndownboyboy said...

also, @ La Salle he had Ron Artest with him for 2 years and agile 7footer Karim Shabazz for 2 or 3 years. I saw them play a game at Manhattan College. That team was better than the 06-07 Knicks