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Briann January Biography.

Briann January is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Before fame, she was an all-state player at Lewis and Clark High School in Washington. She led Arizona State in assists and steals every season of her college career.

Briann January Childhood.

Briann Jolie January was born on January 11, 1987, in Spokane, Washington. She is the daughter of Barry, a karate instructor, and Sally, a teacher. Briann has an older sister, Aleisha and a younger sister, Kiara. She also has a niece, Leilani. January holds a black belt in karate.

Briann was a 2005 graduate of Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Washington, earning first-team all-state honors by both the Associated Press and the Seattle Times. January served as a team captain in track and field as a senior. She won the state high jump title in 2004, with her personal best in the high jump being 5–8. Led Lewis and Clark to a 25–3 record and an appearance in the state semifinals as a senior, averaging 13 points a game in her final season and was team MVP and assists leader in each of her four seasons

Briann January Career.

College Career.

January attended Arizona State University for four seasons. As a first-year, January was named to the Pac-10’s 2006 All-Freshman Team after a season in which she finished first on the team in both assists (86) and steals (46). The 86 assists represented the second-highest total ever for a Sun Devil freshman. In her second year, January earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors for a season in which she finished No. 3 in the Pac-10 in steals (2.1 per game), No. 4 in assists (4.0 per game), No. 4 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.67) and No. 6 in free throw percentage (81.7).

In her final season as a Sun Devil, January set the school’s single-season record for 3-point field goals (65). She also tied the school’s single-game record with seven 3-pointers in ASU’s win at UC Davis on December 3. After four seasons as a Sun Devil, January is the only player in school history to lead the team in steals and assists four straight years. Entering her senior season at Arizona State in 2008, January appeared on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated with fellow Sun Devil, and future NBA star, James Harden.

WNBA career.

January was drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever. As a rookie in the WNBA, January came off the bench, playing 33 games with 4 starts while averaging 6.9 points per game for the Fever. January also experienced her first WNBA finals appearance in her rookie season with the Fever, who were led by Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas advanced all the way to the 2009 WNBA Finals where they lost 3-2 to the Phoenix Mercury. En route to the finals, January was able to provide an offensive spark off the bench for the Fever during the playoffs, averaging 10.6 points per game in 10 games.

In the 2011 season, January officially became the starting point guard for the Fever, but after playing only 10 games, she was sidelined for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. In 2012, January came back healthy and averaged a career-high 10.3 points per game. She was the Fever’s third-leading scorer on the roster that would eventually win the WNBA Championship, they had defeated the championship-defending Minnesota Lynx 3-1 in the finals.

In 2014, January was named a WNBA All-Star for the first time in her career, she had tied her career-high in scoring average for the whole season. In 2015, January was shooting a career-high in both field goal and 3-point percentage. The Fever advanced to the finals for the second time in four years. They had once again faced the Minnesota Lynx but lost the series in five games. In 2016 and 2017, January would be named to first and second all-defensive teams respectively.

After nine seasons played with the Fever, January was traded to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for a top-10 draft pick in March 2018.[9] In 2018, January would be the starting point guard for the Mercury, joining Diana Taurasi in the backcourt. She would put a new career-high in 3-point percentage while leading the league in that category.

The Mercury finished 20-14 with the number 5 seed in the league. They would defeat the Dallas Wings in the first round elimination game 101-83. In the second round elimination game, the Mercury defeated the Connecticut Sun 96-86. The Mercury lost in five games to the Seattle Storm In the semi-finals.  January re-signed with the Mercury to a multi-year deal In 2019.

Overseas career.

For the 2009–10 off-season, January played in Turkey for Tarsus Belediyes. January played in Israel for Raanana Hertzeliya in the 2010–11 off-season, In the 2012–13 off-season, January played in Israel once again for Elektra Ramat Hasharon.  She played in Brazil for Maranhao Basquete In the 2013–14 off-season. In the 2014–15 off-season, January played in Turkey once again for Adana ASKİ SK. In July 2016, January signed with Adana ASKİ SK for a second stint during the 2016–17 off-season.

Coaching career.

January spent the 2013–14 off-season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Adelphi University women’s basketball program. The team advanced to the NCAA tournament as a #2 seed, after losing 48 games over the previous 3 seasons.  January became the assistant coach for Arizona State’s women’s basketball team during the off-season.

Briann January Statistics.

College statistics.

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage  3P% 3-point field goal percentage  FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game  APG Assists per game  SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game  PPG Points per game  Bold Career-high

 

Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005-06 Arizona State 32 155 33.9 21.7 79.5 2.3 2.7 1.4 0.1 4.8
2006-07 Arizona State 35 358 44.0 42.3 81.7 2.2 4.0 2.1 0.2 10.2
2007-08 Arizona State 33 374 44.4 34.8 86.4 3.0 4.4 2.2 0.1 11.3
2008-09 Arizona State 35 430 43.3 44.8 83.5 2.5 4.8 2.1 0.4 12.3
Career Arizona State 135 1317 42.6 39.9 83.0 2.5 4.0 2.0 0.2 9.8

WNBA statistics.

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG Minutes per game  RPG Rebounds per game
 APG Assists per game  SPG Steals per game  BPG Blocks per game  PPG Points per game
 TO Turnovers per game  FG% Field-goal percentage  3P% 3-point field-goal percentage  FT% Free-throw percentage
 Bold Career-high League leader

Regular season.

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2009 Indiana 33 4 20.7 .333 .287 .851 1.9 2.3 1.0 0.0 1.7 6.9
2010 Indiana 30 7 21.9 .371 .356 .826 2.0 3.1 1.2 0.1 2.2 7.4
2011 Indiana 10 10 28.6 .357 .318 .829 1.4 5.0 1.5 0.0 3.3 8.6
2012 Indiana 31 26 28.4 .404 .430 .874 1.8 3.9 1.1 0.1 2.4 10.3
2013 Indiana 32 32 29.6 .348 .357 .811 2.4 3.7 1.0 0.1 2.4 9.8
2014 Indiana 31 31 28.9 .387 .383 .880 1.6 3.7 1.2 0.2 2.2 10.3
2015 Indiana 29 29 27.0 .426 .431 .845 1.8 3.4 1.0 0.2 2.1 8.1
2016 Indiana 29 27 28.1 .401 .392 .875 1.8 4.7 1.2 0.1 1.7 9.7
2017 Indiana 25 24 26.3 .395 .316 .817 1.5 3.9 0.9 0.1 2.1 9.5
2018 Phoenix 33 33 27.1 .423 .470 .806 2.1 3.3 0.5 0.1 1.3 7.0
Career 10 years, 2 teams 283 223 26.5 .385 .382 .845 1.9 3.6 1.1 0.1 2.1 8.7

Playoffs.

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2009 Indiana 10 0 38.5 .385 .414 .850 2.4 3.0 0.4 0.0 1.3 10.6
2010 Indiana 3 0 19.7 .313 .200 .900 1.3 2.0 0.3 0.0 2.6 6.7
2012 Indiana 10 10 34.1 .426 .227 .900 2.3 3.8 1.6 0.3 3.0 11.5
2013 Indiana 4 4 29.6 .370 .444 .857 2.8 3.5 0.5 0.0 2.0 7.5
2014 Indiana 5 5 35.2 .322 .353 .833 2.8 4.2 1.2 0.8 2.0 12.8
2015 Indiana 11 11 32.2 .407 .286 .933 2.3 5.0 1.3 0.2 2.7 11.3
2016 Indiana 1 1 33.3 .308 .000 .667 0.0 9.0 3.0 0.0 1.0 12.0
2018 Phoenix 7 7 35.4 .352 .276 .667 2.9 3.7 0.7 0.0 1.0 7.1
Career 8 years, 2 teams 51 38 30.6 .382 .314 .860 2.4 3.9 1.0 0.2 2.1 10.2

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Briann January Body Measurements.

The basketball player has a height of 5 ft and 8 inches and a weight of 65 kg.

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