Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Former Butler Star Shawn Vanzant Joins Rebels


Former Wharton High School and Butler University player Shawn Vanzant has joined the Rebels for the remainder of the 2013 FBA season. Vanzant is just returning to the area after having played the 2012-2013 season with the Springfield Armor of the NBA’s Developmental League where he was averaging over 15 minutes per game before an injury slowed him in the second half of the season.

Vanzant has enjoyed success at all levels of basketball throughout his career. He scored 1,192 points during his career at Wharton High School where he played for coach Tommy Tonelli, and led the team to a 29-2 record and a district championship as a senior. With his high school career over, Vanzant took advantage of the opportunity to play at Butler University, improving each year as the program made 4 straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and back to back appearances in the NCAA National Championship games in 2010 and 2011. He was also named to the 2011 Horizon League All-Tournament Team.

After college, Vanzant embarked on his professional career by playing for Korihait, a team from Finland’s top league, the Korisliiga. Following his time in the Korisliiga, Vanzant also played for Ura Basket from Finland’s First Division before heading back to the U.S. and entering the Developmental League draft. He was selected 62nd overall by the Springfield Armor, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, in the 2012 Developmental League draft.

“Shawn is a tremendous young man to coach. He is a winner and will always do whatever necessary to help his team at both ends of the floor. He competes and plays as hard as any player I have ever coached. His success as a player at Wharton and Butler speaks for itself,” stated Wharton Head Coach Tommy Tonelli.

The Tampa Bay Rebels will have Vanzant in uniform as they face the Florida Flight on Sunday, May 5th at Freedom High School in New Tampa. The game will start at 2pm. Tickets are free for children under 13 and are only $10 for those who are 13 and older, and may be purchased at the R●Sole store in University Square Mall or at the gate on the day of the game. Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com for additional information.