Hey! Whatever Happened To God Shammgod?

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.

Photo Courtest: Slam Magazine

Comments (19)

  1. Still waiting for my invite to arrive in the mail… stupid Canada Post losing stuff again…

  2. God’s biggest problem was that he couldn’t shoot or make a lay-up to save his life. It was amazing to watch him get to anywhere on the court he wanted, but there wasn’t really any where he could go that gave him a good chance to score.

    Him and Austin ran things though and he remains among my Top 10 favorite NCAA players of all time.

    Your next subject should be Shawn Respert. Silkiest J on record. Start here http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=290060

  3. Dude, God has played professionally all over the place. He played in Saudi Aradia and Poland for awhile. He plays for the Portland Chinnocks of the IBL. Great blast from the past with that, gotta love that name too. Anyways, just thought I’d let ya know.

  4. yeah shamgod was a good player but his biggest problem was that he thought he was god and couldnt shot to save himself but he had a good we used to smoke blunts before tha club is providence he could roll them the best i think thats why he failed the nba level

  5. J Carr

    The God as we all know him was the Truth, his handle had some of NYC’s biggest legends scared to death to play defense. To drop some names on You’ll Stephon Marbury, Todd Miles, Ed Cota, these dudes didn’t want any part of God Shamegod Wells. I honestly believe if he would have stayed at Providence for all four years he would have been a first round selection. By then he would have developed his jumper, and realized his imperial speed and that he couldn’t be stopped. Still one of the toughest handle’s I ever seen.

  6. Dreman

    Shamgod got schooled by a Filipino player, Ren Ren Ritualo, at a Las Vegas Summer Game two years ago … he talked trash – and he got trashed when the Filipino made his shooting hands do the talking.

  7. john doe

    i just played with sham in the ibl. yall know nothin about this dude and how hard he works. and he is gettin paid. he can shoot but just doesnt. handle is still ridiculous. u might see him in the league this year

  8. M. R. Pinheiro

    Shamgod was quick, but could not shoot the ball. He also had trouble defending anyone who was quick. Leaving Providence early was a major mistake. He had too much baggage going into the draft. He is an excellent example of someone listening to his friends telling him just how good he was, a huge mistake for which he has been paying for financially. He needed the extra two years to develop his game to NBA status. Oh well, he refused to listen to reason and has paid dearly for that mistake.

  9. so god i hope you love everyone
    care for every one but god i no you wacthing out for use and god you is on every one’ side and one day everybody will need you and every one of us praying for you. lovedahjanae to our god

  10. grizzled vet

    Shamgod Wells is his real name. I went to High School with him (LaSalle Academy NYC) He was a senior on that team when Ron Artest was a sophmore, him and Marbury were the kings of New York that year. Supposedly he changed his name because he hated the Providence coach and wanted him to call him (Shamgod) God. Not sure how true that is, but I can say with authority that his name was indeed Shamgod Wells. I had gym class with him.

  11. hey I know alot of you have your opinion about shamgod. I remember the fist time I saw him play. my cuz took me to see him play at minisink gym in the bronx. I never seen a handle like that in my life. I seen alot of good baller in nyc from felipe lopez, roy del la cruz, trevor diggs, starbury, charles cranford, todd myles, troy tally, R.I.P seto, scientific mapp, rafer alston, james green , oh how could I forget kerry thompson . ramel loydd, erick barkely, reggie freemen, nj shaheen holloway, camden’s nate johnson, ron artest, speedy claxston christ the king, lamar odom, cory canteen gompers, shawn allen clinton bx, the real baby shaq carlton big numbers Arron southbronx high 35pg 25rb. Me only 6’2 played like I was 6’9 thurston Christian gompers, but really to this day nobody can dribble the ball like GOD SHAMGOD IT WAS A QUICK SILVER GIFT AND THOSE WHO KNOW WILL TELL THE TRUTH. ALL THESE BUMS IN THE NBA WHY HE WAS NEVER GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE SKIP KNOW AND STEPH KNOW. SHAM IS WAY BETTER THAN SPEEDY CLAXTON WAY BETTER THAN BASSY WAY BETTER THAN JARRED JACK, ETC.

  12. Mr Camden NJ

    Sham was nice. But it was this kid from courtlandt ave in the Bronx that had crazy skillz I seen him play in a tournament down near King High School in NYC. He had 65 points in the 3rd quarter. Then when to another tornament in the Bronx and scored 30 points and got MVP.Crazy jumpshot just a pure basic player with a high basketball IQ. His name was Thurston Christian from Gompers High School they called him “The Shooter”. Do any body know where he is? He was nice in my regards. New York City had some real hoopers in the 90?s.

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