Name Eddie Shannon
Education University of Florida
Pro career 2001–2011
Weight 76 kg
|College Florida (1995–1999)|
Height 1.80 m
Role Basketball Player
Position Point guard
|Born January 29, 1977 (age 38)
West Palm Beach, Florida (1977-01-29) |
High school Cardinal Newman (West Palm Beach, Florida)
2001–2002 Plannja Basket (Sweden)
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Eddie Shannon (born January 29, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player.
Shannon, a native of West Palm Beach in Florida, has played his entire career essentially with only one eye. At the age of 10 while playing with some of his seventh-grade friends, Eddie was unintentionally hit in the right eye with a rock, forever altering his vision. Following the accident, he underwent surgery to remove blood clots from his eye, and a year later, had a cataract removed. As an eighth grader, his vision began to blur, and he could only see shadows. Even with limited vision, Eddie went on to star for Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach which led him to be recruited by the University of Florida (UF) where he became the Florida Gators starting Point Guard and is among the schools all-time leaders in assists and steals. Shannon graduated from UF in 1999.
Despite Shannon continuing to excel on the basketball court, the vision in his right eye got progressively worse. After consulting a doctor, he made the decision to have a certain type of surgery, known as an Evisceration, which involves removing parts of his eye. He was eventually fitted with a cosmetic prosthesis that covers his damaged cornea leading him to wear goggles when playing, though he has since discarded them.
Most of Shannon's professional career has been played in European leagues which included stints with KK Split in Croatia and Strasbourg IG in France. In all he spent some nine seasons in Europe including a stint as team mate to Australian Boomers center Chris Anstey at PBC Ural Great in Russia.
Eddie Shannon signed as an import player for the Adelaide 36ers mid-way through the 2010-11 NBL season and made his debut for the club as a substitute against the Wollongong Hawks on December 10, 2010 where he scored 12 points and had 5 assists in a solid debut for his new team. For the rest of the NBL season Shannon started all bar two games for the 36ers, only missing the two games due to an ankle sprain. At the end of the 2010-11 season Shannon had played 18 games for the 36ers and averaged 9.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
Following the NBL season Shannon was released by the 36ers. He then returned home to Florida where he hosted a basketball camp in West Palm Beach on 23 July 2011.
Eddie Shannon is now an assistant coach for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.