Sheri Sam

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Sheri Sam
Personal information
Born (1974-05-05) May 5, 1974 (age 46)
Lafayette, Louisiana
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight178 lb (81 kg)
Career information
High schoolAcadiana (Scott, Louisiana)
CollegeVanderbilt (1992–1996)
WNBA draft1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Orlando Miracle
Playing career1999–2008
PositionForward / Guard
Number55, 2
Career history
As player:
1999Orlando Miracle
20002002Miami Sol
2003Minnesota Lynx
2004Seattle Storm
20052006Charlotte Sting
2007Indiana Fever
2008Detroit Shock
As coach:
2014–2017Eastern Illinois (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Sheri Lynette Sam (born May 5, 1974) is an American professional women's basketball coach and player who played in the WNBA. She was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana as the youngest of eight siblings, and where she was a standout at Acadiana High School. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1996. She was an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois University.

USA Basketball[edit]

She competed with USA Basketball as a member of the 1995 Jones Cup Team that won the Bronze in Taipei.[1]

Sam was also invited to be a member of the Jones Cup team representing the US in 1996. She helped the team to a 9–0 record, and the gold medal in the event. Sales averaged 13 points per games, the highest scoring average on the team, and was named to the All-Tournament first team.[2]



After her college graduation, Sam played three years for the San Jose Lasers in the now-defunct American Basketball League (ABL), a professional women's league.


Shortly after the ABL ceased operations in 1999, Sam was selected by the Orlando Miracle in the WNBA Draft and became one of the Miracle's most productive players that year. Sam was waived by the Miracle just before the 2000 season began, but was signed as a free agent by the Miami Sol. She played three seasons (2000, 2001, and 2002) with the Sol until the team folded due to financial difficulties. After the Sol ceased operations, the 2003 Dispersal Draft was held, and the Minnesota Lynx selected Sam, and she played for the Lynx that season.

During the annual WNBA Draft on April 15, 2004, Sam and Lynx teammate Janell Burse were traded to the Seattle Storm in exchange for Amanda Lassiter and a first-round draft pick. The trade was engineered as part of the Lynx' plan to draft the highly touted (and local favorite) Lindsay Whalen. Unfortunately for the Lynx, the Connecticut Sun had already selected Whalen. Sam spent the 2004 season with the Seattle Storm, as the team won the WNBA Finals by defeating, ironically, the Connecticut Sun, two games to one. After the 2004 season ended, Sam became an unrestricted free agent. On February 14, 2005, Sam signed with the Charlotte Sting. She would be involved in yet another dispersal draft in 2007 after the demise of the Sting. This time, she was selected by the Indiana Fever. On May 7, 2008 Sheri signed with the Detroit Shock. Her 2008 season with the Detroit Shock was the last of her 10-year WNBA career.[3]

During the 2007-08 WNBA off-season, she played for Ashdod in Israel.[4] She is currently playing for Panionios in Greece during the 2008-09 WNBA off-season.[5]


  1. ^ "1995 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  2. ^ "1996 Women's R. William Jones Cup". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
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  4. ^ Offseason 2007-08: Overseas Roster
  5. ^ Offseason 2008-09: Overseas Roster

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