|No. 20 – Indiana Fever|
January 11, 1987 |
|Listed height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Listed weight||144 lb (65 kg)|
|High school||Lewis and Clark (Spokane, Washington)|
|College||Arizona State (2005–2009)|
|WNBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Fever|
|2012–2013||Elektra Ramat Hasharon|
|Adana ASKİ SK|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Briann Jolie January was born in Spokane, Washington on January 11, 1987, the daughter of Barry, a karate instructor, and Sally, a teacher. She has an older sister, Aleisha and a younger sister, Kiara. She also has a niece, Leilani. January holds a black belt in karate.
January 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.
January attended Arizona State University for four seasons. As a freshman, 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. When January was a sophomore she 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.
|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|
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.
For the 2009–10 off-season, January played in Turkey for Tarsus Belediyes. In the 2010–11 off-season, January played in Israel for Raanana Hertzeliya. In the 2012–13 off-season, January played in Israel once again for Elektra Ramat Hasharon. In the 2013–14 off-season, January played in Brazil for Maranhao Basquete. In the 2014–15 off-season, January played in Turkey once again for Adana ASKİ SK. As of August 2016, January re-signed with Adana ASKİ SK for the 2016–17 off-season.
January spent the 2013–14 off-season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Adelphi University women's basketball program. With January's help, the team advanced to the NCAA tournament as a #2 seed, after losing 48 games over the previous 3 seasons.
|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|
|Career||8 years, 1 team||225||166||26.4||.379||.374||.851||1.9||3.6||1.2||0.1||2.2||8.9|
|Career||7 years, 1 team||44||31||29.8||.386||.324||.869||2.3||3.9||1.1||0.2||2.3||10.7|
- WNBA January Player Profile Archived May 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- January ASU PLayer Profile Personal Archived August 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- High School Highlights Archived August 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Sports Illustrated regional cover, 2008-11-17 Archived September 30, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved 22 Sep 2015.
- Fever draft ASU Guard Briann January
- "Womens Hoops Blog | Spokane star Briann January to start for Indiana Fever | Seattle Times Newspaper". seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
- "Adelphi University — Staff Directory". www.aupanthers.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03.