|Title:||Class of 2016|
The 1996–97 Constitution Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Telegram & Gazette All-Worcester area honoree, and CoSIDA Academic All-America second teamer, Mike Shannon has been lauded as one of the best all-around players in WPI men’s basketball history.
He scored 1,065 points and hauled in 462 rebounds, including 128 on the offensive glass, to go along with 187 assists and 123 steals in 93 games played. His sophomore season featured an ECAC bid and a 19-9 record, the second best in program history at the time.
As a senior captain, Mike led the Engineers with 28 points and eight rebounds to defeat Springfield on its home court after suffering a 35-point loss, in which he dropped 22 points, at home earlier in the season.
“Mike was the most dedicated and competitive player I ever coached at WPI,” recalls Hall of Fame basketball coach Ken Kaufman. “He was a great leader for our team and all the players had tremendous respect for him. We always knew he would be a very successful WPI graduate.”
With his 30 points at Western New England, Mike joins Hall of Fame teammates Jim Naughton ’96 (38) and Chris Dunn ’95 (43) in scoring the team’s single-game high against the Golden Bears as a senior. He is also one of three players, along with Naughton, to have garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America status, overall and in their final season.
“On top of being one of the all-time great players in WPI history, Mike was one of the best guards in New England for multiple season,” recalls Dunn. “He did everything you wanted from a guard/small forward and was a tremendous leader and teammate. I am honored to welcome him into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame. Mike was an excellent scorer and shooter with deep 3-point range but he could also put it on the floor and was just as tough going to the basket and finishing or passing to set up a teammate. He was also a shutdown defender that made for some frustrating nights for all of the other guards who came into Harrington between 1993 and 1997.”
A native of Worcester, Mike graduated from WPI in 1997 with a BS in civil engineering; he earned his master’s degree in fire protection engineering at WPI in 2003. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and is currently Assistant Development Services Director, Deputy Building Official for the City of San Antonio. He and wife, Veronica, live in San Antonio, Texas, with their daughters, Amelia and Rosalie.
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