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God Shammgod (born April 29, 1976 in New York City, New York) is an American professional basketball player, currently playing for the Portland Chinooks of the International Basketball League. Prior to this he played in the Chinese Basketball Association for several teams, including Zhejiang Cyclones[1] and Shanxi Yujun. He has played professionally in several countries, including Poland and Saudi Arabia.[2]

Shammgod lasted just one season in the National Basketball Association with the Washington Wizards during 1997-98 after being drafted by them in the 2nd round (17th pick) of the 1997 NBA Draft.

Shammgod played for two seasons at Providence College, where he averaged 10.3 PPG for his college career. He was selected to the Big East All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 1996 after setting the Big East freshman assist record, which has since been broken.[3] As a sophomore, Shammgod teamed with current NBA player Austin Croshere in leading the Friars to the 1997 Elite Eight, where they lost to eventual NCAA Champion Arizona in overtime. Shammgod registered 23 points and 5 assists while matching up against current NBA player Mike Bibby in the loss.[4]

There are two inconsistent accounts, each widely credited, as to the history of his name. Both agree that his mother's surname is Wells, he used "Shammgod Wells" during most of his formal education, and he shifted to using "God Shammgod" about the time when he enrolled at Providence College. One version holds that Well is his legal surname was or continues to be Wells. The other (often attributed to him) says that

his father was named "God Shammgod",
he was at birth given that name as well,
this name appears on the legal records of his birth,
he started using "Shammgod Wells" at age five, at least initially to for the sake of peer acceptance, and
on entering Providence he had to choose between reverting to "God Shammgod" and undergoing an expensive legal process.

When he was known as Shammgod Wells, he played high school basketball at LaSalle Academy in Manhattan. His teammates at LaSalle Academy included current NBA player Ron Artest and former Providence College center Karim Shabazz [1]. He was selected to the 1995 McDonald's All-American Team where he joined current NBA player and fellow New Yorker Stephon Marbury on the East Team. Shammgod recorded 9 points in the game.[5]

Kobe Bryant learned his crossover dribble from Shammgod while they were AAU teammates. [6]

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