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Shavonte Zellous

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5-10 Guard - Pittsburgh 

All-Big East first team (2007-2008); Candidate for Naismith Trophy (2008); Spokane All-Region team (2008); Big East Most Improved Player (2007); Preseason Wade Trophy Watch List (2008); Lindy's Second Team All America (2008); Sporting News Third Team All America (2008); Big East Player of the Week (four).
 
Career Averages: 15 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 41.8% FG, 72.5% FT
Senior Season: 22.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 42.1% FG, 77.3% FT

WNBA Comparison: Jaynetta Saunders          WDN Score: 3                   WDN Rank: 42

Strengths: A smooth guard who has shown deftness in the mid-range game (an art that few guards in the last three draft classes have shown); can score in a variety of ways; a great jump shooter who can rise quite a bit on her jump shots; quick first step allows her to get to the basket or gain separation for her jump shot; possesses the "it" factor, which is the belief that she can lead her team to victory despite any odds; has made great strides in shooting the three-pointer 
 
Weaknesses: Needs to improve ballhandling to be an impact player in the pros; average size and strength for a shooting guard prospect in a league that possesses a good amount of young elite at that position; ability to defend players of similar size or bigger is a major question mark; a capable passer (per stats) who could stand to learn when to pass versus when to shoot (per observation) ; lacks versatility; projects to only be able to play at perhaps the deepest position in the WNBA (shooting guard)