2012 WNBA champion, Shavonte Zellous, is a professional basketball player currently signed to the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) as their shooting guard. The Detroit Shock picked her with 11th overall pick in round 1 of the 2009 WNBA draft.
Orlando, Florida native, Shavonte Zellous, was born on August 28, 1986, under the star sign Virgo. 5 ft 10 in tall holds dual nationality: American / Croatian and belongs to the mixed ethnicity.
The thirty-three years old is engaged to his long-time girlfriend Silvia Massey.
Shavonte Zellous, who is currently under a 1-year contract with the Seattle Storm, will earn a base salary of $65,000 while carrying a cap hit of $65,000 in the 2019 season.
Before this season, she summoned $108,589 while playing with New York Liberty. Active in WNBA since 2009, she has previously played of the different teams through which she has amassed enormous wealth.
Besides, she has also played for different Turkish leagues such as Mersin BB, Galatasaray S.K., Fenerbahçe S.K., and is currently signed to Besiktas J.K.,. According to the source, the WNBA player gets paid almost double in the European league compared to WNBA.
An Adidas athlete, she has made custom shoes combating with the Adidas team.
Openly a Lesbian
Shavonte Zellous is neither single nor married. Currently, the basketball player who is openly lesbian is engaged to a CIA Agent, Silvia Massey. The duo met in Indianapolis at a club.
Zellous said, "We were both eyeing each other up. I told my best friend, ‘I’ve got to meet her,” and four years later, here we are.” Further, she added, “What’s great is that both of our families are so supportive. Both sides are accepting; both are there when we need them.”
Zellous and her fiancee plan to wed next year.
Family and Education
Shavonte Zellous was born to mother, Tangela Allen, and was raised alongside her one younger brother, Jeremy. Their mother served in the administrative department for Orlando Regional Hospital and would often move around to different hospital departments across Orlando. The family's last move, which put them in the Jones High School district.
She attended Jones High School, Zellous starred collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated before her senior season with a Bachelor of Science degree in administration of justice and pursued a second degree while completing her eligibility.
Detroit Shock selected Shavonte Zellous in the First Round of the 2009 WNBA Draft, with 11th overall pick. Later, she was traded to the Indiana Fever in exchange for a 2011 second-round pick on May 27, 2010.
On February 1, 2016, she signed as a free agent with the New York Liberty. On April 11, 2019, Zellous inked an agreement with the Seattle Storm, where she teamed up with Crystal Langhorne, Sue Bird, and Breanna Stewart.
- 2012 WNBA champion
- 2013 WNBA All-Star
- 2013 WNBA Most Improved Player
- 2009 WNBA All-Rookie Team
- 2008 Third-team All-American
- 2007 Big East Most Improved Player
- 2011 Latvian National League champion
- 2014 Turkish National League champion
- 2× Turkish Cup winner in 2014 and 2015
- 2015 Turkish President Cup winner
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