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As expected, Pitt women's standout guard Shavonte Zellous became a first-round pick, selected 11th overall in the WNBA draft today by the Detroit Shock. That means she'll be coached by former Bad Boys Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn, which is always fun. Detroit has won the WNBA championship three times since 2003, most recently sweeping San Antonio in 2008, so even if the Iverson-less Pistons fail to pull a playoff miracle, there's some other winning basketball in town to fall back on.

Laimbeer spoke briefly about his first-round pick:

“That’s the one we targeted,” Laimbeer said. “[Director of Player Personnel] Cheryl Reeve has spent a lot of time looking at her this year. We knew certain players would not be available to us but we really wanted a guard or a small forward and Zellous was the one we had talked about the whole college season long and we sweated one out and got her.”

Zellous leaves Pitt as the third-leading scorer in program history (2,251 points) and the top single-season in school history (747 points). She will become the third Pitt player to play in the WNBA, following in the footsteps of Marcedes Walker (Houston Comets) and Laine Selwyn (LA Sparks). And if things go like we think they will, she won't be the only Panther taken in the first round of a basketball draft this year.

Pitt's Zellous goes in first round to Detroit [Trib]
Zealous about Zellous []

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