FAYETTEVILLE – Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration (LFB) recently signed 31-year-old American swingman, and former University of Arkansas women’s basketball standout, Shameka Christon to a professional contract.
The former Razorback played last summer in the WNBA as a member of the San Antonio Silver Stars. In 33 games with the Stars, the Hot Springs, Ark., native, averaged 7,5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.
Christon began her professional basketball career in 2004 when she was drafted as the No. 5 overall pick by the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
The former University of Arkansas star is now in her 10th season playing professional basketball. The list of professional basketball achievements is long for Christon, with her team most recently reaching the Russian Cup final in 2011. She was also voted to the Eurobasket.com Russian Superleague All-Imports team in 2009.
Now a tenured player, Christon has traveled the world playing basketball professionally and gathering a variety of experience. She has also played professionally in Israel (Elitzur Ramla and Bnot Hasharon), Poland (Riviera Gdynia), Spain (Hondarribia-Irun and Rivas Ecopolis), Russia (Nadezhda Orenburg) and the WNBA (Chicago Sky).
The first Arkansas women’s basketball player to earn Associated Press All-America honors and become a first-round professional draft selection, Christon was the 2004 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. Leading the league in scoring with 21.8 points per game her senior year, Christon played in three NCAA tournaments at Arkansas and closed her career as the second all-time leading scorer with 1,951 points. She led Arkansas to semifinal finishes at the 2001 and 2002 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, which remains the all-time best performance for the Razorbacks.
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