Briann January

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Briann January
No. 20 – Indiana Fever
Position Guard
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1987-01-11) January 11, 1987 (age 28)
Spokane, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight 144 lb (65 kg)
Career information
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
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–present Indiana Fever
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Briann January (born January 11, 1987) is an American professional basketball player. She currently plays the point guard position for the Indiana Fever in the WNBA.[1]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2]

High school[edit]

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.[3]

College career[edit]

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.

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.[4]

Arizona State statistics[edit]


  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 career[edit]

January was drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever.[6] As a rookie in the WNBA she was granted the starting point guard position by Coach Lin Dunn. January was the Fever's third-leading scorer on the 2012 team that won the WNBA Championship. In 2014, she was named to her first WNBA All-Star team.[7]

International career[edit]

For the 2009–2010 off season she played in Turkey for Tarsus Belediyes. In 2010–2011 she played in Israel for Raanana Hertzeliya.

Coaching career[edit]

January spent the 2013-14 off-season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Adelphi University women's basketball program.[8] With January's help, the team advanced to the NCAA tournament as a #2 seed, after losing 48 games over the previous 3 seasons.