Plymouth, England – Former Dean College men's basketball All-American Shawn Shelton '16 has signed a contract to play professional basketball in the British Basketball League (BBL) with the Plymouth Raiders it was announced by the team late last week.
The top professional league in Great Britain, the BBL consists of 12 teams from both England and Scotland playing a 33 game schedule between late September and late April.
"Shawn is a player who will bring a great work ethic and attitude, qualities that we are going to need to improve on the performances from last season," said new Raiders head coach, Paul James. "He is strong and tenacious defender, who runs the floor very well in transition finishing in many different ways."
Shelton starred for the Bulldogs from 2014-16, playing a key role in a pair of Bulldog squads that went a combined 44-7 in his two seasons.
As a freshman in 2014-15, Dean won a school-record 16 straight games and Shelton provided energy and ended the season as the team's leading rebounder (5.5) while collecting 6.4 points per night.
Then during his sophomore campaign, Shelton emerged as the Bulldogs' leader, averaging 18.8 points and 11.3 rebounds on a blistering 68 percent from the field. He scored in double figures in all 22 games he appeared in, including topping 20 points or more nine times. Shelton posted 15 double-doubles, highlighted by an impressive 24-point, 26-rebound performance on February 15, 2016.
After Dean, Shelton moved on to NCAA Division II Eastern New Mexico State where he averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 57 games in two seasons with the Greyhounds.
During his senior season (2017-18) Shelton and ENMSU faced off against the nation's No. 3 team in the University of Arizona in early November. The Wildcats and eventual No. 1 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft pick, Deandre Ayton prevailed but Shelton finished with 12 points and three rebounds in just 23 minutes off the bench.
Shelton and the Raiders open up the 2018-19 season on Friday, September 21 against the Worcester Wolves.