Ann (Shaw) Janssen

Basketball Player, 1990-92

Ann (Shaw) Janssen
Ann (Shaw) Janssen

From the start of her competitive basketball days, Ann Shaw got as much satisfaction out of making a good pass to a teammate as she did scoring a bucket.

That pass-first style of play led to a successful career at St. Clair High School and on the collegiate level at SC4 and the University of Detroit Mercy.

“Ann probably could have been my point guard when she was in seventh-grade if it was allowed,” said Fred Shaw, Ann’s father and former St. Clair girls varsity basketball coach. “She could really pass the ball.

“Later in her high school career, she had to do more scoring for us. She wasn’t a good shooter early on, but was able to make open shots when she went on to play at SC4 and Detroit Mercy.”

The talented point guard was a treat to watch in the open court playing for the late Paul Jackson at SC4. She earned all-MCCAA, all-state and all-region honors both seasons for the Skippers.

As a sophomore, Shaw was a Second-Team All-American selection. She led the Skippers to the MCCAA Eastern Conference title during the 1991-92 season, the first for the program since the 1981-82 season.

Following her career at SC4, Shaw headed to the University of Detroit Mercy where she started at point guard her final two seasons. 

Shaw, a four-year varsity player at St. Clair, scored more than 1,000 points in high school career. She remains the Saints’ all-time career leader in assists and steals. She was voted All-St. Clair Area League four times, was a two-time All-Area selection and was listed in the Top 10 players by the Free Press entering her senior year. She earned Third-Team All-State honors in 1988 and First-Team honors in 1989.