By Brian Taylor
March Madness has set upon us (finally), and boy is it a sight for sore eyes. All the conference tourneys are wrapping up and more and more teams are getting their shiny little invites to “the Big Dance”. In the spirit of the season (I’m sending “Happy March Madness” cards to all my people) for the month of March, I’m going to ask the age-old question of “Hey! Whatever Happened To..” for a number of college basketball’s greatest hits.
To start us off this month, I wanted to profile a guy with handles so disgusting, he has a legit streetball move named after him. Ladies and gentlemen, repping good ol’ Providence College I present to you, God Shammgod.
For starters, the name is really his. There were rumors at my school that his real name was actually Shammgod Wells, but from everything I’ve seen, “God” is his Government, and a name with lotsa weight. God wasn’t the best jump shooter, but that didn’t matter because he had humiliating, And1 quality crossovers that left defenders looking like they had one Crown ‘n’ Coke too many.
One instance was the 1997 NCAA tourney, where the Shammgod Coming Out Party was officially in full swing. The Friars were a tenth-seed going up against the Arizona Prettyboys (Wildcats), who had guys like Miles Simon, future Sacto King Mike Bibby and A.J. Bramlett.
On the wing, God brought up the ball and found that he was being checked by All-American Mike Bibby, it was then and there on a national stage, that God would unleash his famous, namesake move, “the Shammgod”. The actual move left Mike Bibby flailing for air as God left him for the hoop. I think he missed the bucket, but that was basically the talk of that tournament. It was basically a crossover going from one hand to another that actually kinda looks like a modified jabstep. The move elicited lots of ooohs and aaahs from the crowd. ‘Zona would go on to win that game 96-92 to advance to the Final Four, where they’d get the best of Rick Pitino’s Wildcats.
After that “one shining moment” against the ‘Cats, God elected to leave early (big mistake) and try his hand at NBA basketball. He got scooped up late in the second round by the Wizards, but never really saw anything more than garbage time backing up the backup.
Recently, Shammgod’s been playing international ball in China and slaying guys on the court. If you wanna see “the Shammgod” in action check it out here.