Former Pitt women’s basketball standout Shavonte Zellous will be continuing her WNBA career, as the Washington Mystics announced that they had signed the 5-foot-10 guard on Wednesday.
The 11th overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft has a list of achievements on the hardwood that speaks for itself, as she has 11 years of professional experience under her belt. That started with the Detroit Shock and also featured stints in Indiana with the Fever, where she won a WNBA Championship, plus runs in New York and Seattle.
Zellous was named to the All-Rookie Team and is a former winner of the WNBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year honor. She has averaged 8.9 points, 1.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game during her WNBA career.
At Pitt, Zellous helped the Panthers reach the NCAA Tournament three times in a row from 2007 to 2009. She averaged 16.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a Panther and won the Big East’s Most Improved Player Award in 2007.
Her career has also turned her into a globetrotter, of sorts, with a good amount of overseas experience to her name. Most recently, she has competed in Turkey with Cankaya Universitesi Ankara, where she averaged 22 points per game and has won two Turkish Cups.
Last season, the Mystics finished 9-13. The 2021 WNBA Draft will be held on April 15 and the 25th season of the league is expected to start in May.