| Shawn Respert
Director of Basketball Operations
Shawn Respert served as director of basketball operations for three seasons (2004-07). Below is the final bio written about Respert, penned prior to the 2006-07 season.
In his third year at Rice University as
director of basketball operations is
former college basketball all-America
and NBA professional, Shawn Respert.
In 2003-04, Respert served as an
assistant volunteer basketball coach at
Prairie View A&M. He also has been an
assistant coach with the Imola
A native of
Respert was the number-eight overall
pick by Portland in the 1995 NBA draft
after playing four years at Michigan
State. For the Spartans, Respert scored
2,531 points (21.3 ppg) to rank second
all-time in the Big Ten Conference and
he is first all-time with 1,545 points in
Big Ten Conference games only. After
his senior season, he was an unanimous
first team all-America and was named
the Big Ten Player of the Year with a
25.6 scoring average. Respert earned his
B.A. degree in communications from
Michigan State in May 1995.
Upon playing four and one-half years
(1995-2000) in the NBA with
Milwaukee, Toronto, Dallas, Phoenix,
and Los Angeles, Respert played
professionally in Europe (1999-2003)
with Stargard, Imola, Near East,
Milano, and Olympiakos. He was also a
member of the USA Basketball Team at
the Goodwill Games and the World
Respert, a cancer survivor, is heavily
involved in speaking to various cancer
clinics and cancer survivor support
groups. Shawn and his wife, Lenae,
reside in Houston and have a son,
Aaron, (10), and a daughter Cheyenne,
Personal:Full Name: Shawn Christopher Respert.
Born: Feb. 6, 1972 at Detroit, Mich.
Wife: Lenae. Daughter: Cheyenne.
Education: High School: Bishop Borgess H.S. in
Detroit, Mich., 1990. College: B.A. in
communications, Michigan State