Bryant Dunston

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Bryant Dunston
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Dunston with Olympiacos in October 2013.
No. 42 – Anadolu Efes S.K.
Position Center
League Turkish Basketball League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1986-05-28) May 28, 1986 (age 30)
Kentucky
Nationality American / Armenian
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school St. John's Preparatory School
(Queens, New York)
College Fordham (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2010 Mobis Phoebus
2010–2011 Aris Thessaloniki
2011 Bnei HaSharon
2011–2012 Hapoel Holon
2012–2013 Cimberio Varese
2013–2015 Olympiacos
2015–present Anadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards

Bryant Kevin Dunston Jr. (born May 28, 1986) is an Armenian-American professional basketball player who plays at the center position for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League and the Euroleague and represents Armenia internationally. Standing at 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m), he won the Euroleague Best Defender award twice and reached the Euroleague Final in 2015 while playing for Olympiacos.

Early life[edit]

Dunston was born in southern Kentucky, and grew up in LeFrak City, Queens. He is a graduate of St. John's Preparatory High School. He is the nephew of former professional baseball player Shawon Dunston, a former No. 1 pick in the MLB.[1]

College career[edit]

Dunston attended Fordham University, where he played college basketball with the Fordham Rams. He finished his collegiate career by being named to the First Team All-Metropolitan, Second Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference, and Atlantic 10 Conference All-Defensive Team.[2]

In his college career, Dunston appeared in all 120 of Fordham's games, starting in 118 of them. He finished his college career in second place on Fordham's all-time scoring list, with 1,832 career points, in third place on Fordham's all-time rebounds list, with 993 career rebounds, and as Fordham's career blocked shots leader, graduating with 294 career rejections.

Professional career[edit]

Dunston played with Mobis Phoebus in the Korean Basketball League. In 2010, he signed with the Greek League club Aris,[3][4] but left the team in February 2011.[5] After leaving Aris, he signed with the Israeli League club Bnei HaSharon.[6] Following the 2010-11 season, Dunston joined the Israeli League club Hapoel Holon.

Reports said that Dunston was on the verge of signing a guaranteed contract with the NBA's Brooklyn Nets in the summer 2012.[7] However, he joined the Italian League club Pallacanestro Varese instead.

Olympiacos[edit]

On July 9, 2013, Dunston signed a two-year contract with Olympiacos.[8] In his first Euroleague season, he averaged 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and league-leading 1.3 blocks over 29 games played. Olympiacos however finished the participation in the Euroleague by losing 2–3 to Real Madrid in the quarter-final series. On May 6, he was voted the Euroleague Best Defender of the season.[9]

On May 6, 2015, he was named the Euroleague Best Defender for the second season in a row.[10]

Anadolu Efes[edit]

On June 23, 2015, Dunston signed a two-year contract with the Turkish club Anadolu Efes.[11]

International career[edit]

On June 16, 2015, he was included on the list of candidates of the Slovenian national basketball team for the EuroBasket 2015 by team selector Jure Zdovc.[12] However, he didn't get Slovenian passport in time, so he wouldn't represent Slovenia at the EuroBasket.[13]

In June 2016, Dunston arrived in Yerevan to represent the Armenia national basketball team in the 2016 FIBA European Championship for Small Countries.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Led the league

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013–14 Olympiacos 29 21 24.7 .670 .000 .566 5.3 1.0 1.1 1.3 10.3 15.0
2014–15 29 25 19.4 .543 .000 .618 4.4 .6 .8 1.1 7.1 9.0
2015–16 Anadolu Efes 24 15 21.0 .604 .000 .655 5.0 .8 .5 1.1 7.9 11.5
Career 82 61 21.7 .610 .000 .609 4.9 .8 .9 1.2 8.5 11.9

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

College[edit]

  • Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year: (2005)[2]
  • Second Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference: (2005)
  • First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference: (2006)
  • Second Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference: (2007)
  • First Team All-Metropolitan: (2008)
  • Second Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference: (2008)
  • Atlantic 10 Conference All Defensive Team: (2008)

Professional[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fordhamsports.com Bryant Dunston Ram Profile. Archived July 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b "Bryant Dunston and Marcus Stout Named All-Metropolitan". Fordhamsports.cstv.com. April 18, 2008. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ EurocupBasketball.com Aris BSA 2003 lands Bryant Dunston.
  4. ^ Published por Alberto de Roa (July 27, 2010). "Aris Thessaloniki signs Bryant Dunston". Thehoopsmarket.blogspot.com. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ Λύση συνεργασίας με τον Μπράιαντ Ντάνστον (Greek)
  6. ^ משרון דרוקר לדן שמיר: דנסטון חתם בבני השרון (Hebrew)
  7. ^ Netsdaily.com Nets Signing Bryant Dunston?
  8. ^ "OLYMPIACOS adds big man Dunston". euroleague.net. 9 July 2013. Archived from the original on May 8, 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Coaches vote Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos this season's Best Defender". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014-15 Best Defender Trophy winner: Bryant Dunston, Olympiacos Piraeus". euroleague.net. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Anadolu Efes Istanbul bulks up with Brown, Dunston". Euroleague.net. June 23, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ Zbačnik, Gal (16 June 2015). "Reprezentanca najbrž brez Gorana Dragića, a z Dunstonom!". kosarka.si (in Slovenian). Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Bryant Dunston can not play the Eurobasket in Slovenia". mundodeportivo.com. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bryant Dunston joins Armenian national basketball team". PanArmenian.net. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 

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