Chris Jent

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This article is about the American basketball player. For the businessman, see Chris Gent.
Chris Jent
Chris Jent in 2013.jpg
Jent in 2013.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Position Assistant coach
League Big Ten Conference
Personal information
Born (1970-01-11) January 11, 1970 (age 47)
Orange, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Sparta (Sparta, New Jersey)
College Ohio State (1988–1992)
NBA draft 1992 / Undrafted
Playing career 1992–2001
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 21, 7
Coaching career 2003–present
Career history
As player:
1992–1993 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
1993 Joventut Badalona (Spain)
1993–1994 Columbus Horizon (CBA)
1994 Houston Rockets
1994–1995 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
1995 North Melbourne Giants (Australia)
1995 Connecticut Pride (CBA)
1995–1996 Serapide Pozzuoli Napoli (Italy)
1997 New York Knicks
1997 Serapide Pozzuoli Napoli (Italy)
1997 Atlantic City Seagulls (USBL)
1997–1998 CFM Reggio Emilia (Italy)
1998–1999 Termal Imola (Italy)
1999–2000 Panionios (Greece)
2000–2001 CFM Reggio Emilia (Italy)
As coach:
2003–2004 Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
2004–2005 Orlando Magic (assistant)
2005 Orlando Magic (interim)
20062011 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2011–2013 Ohio State (assistant)
20132014 Sacramento Kings (assistant)
2015–2016 Bakersfield Jam
2016–present Ohio State (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 37 (6.2 ppg)
Rebounds 16 (2.7 rpg)
Assists 8 (1.3 apg)
Stats at

Christopher Matthew "Chris" Jent (born January 11, 1970) is an American basketball coach and former player who's currently an assistant coach with Ohio State University. He was formerly the head coach of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

Early life and college career[edit]

Jent was born in Orange, California and grew up in Sparta, New Jersey.[1][2] After attending high school at Sparta High School (New Jersey), he played college basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes, leaving in 1992 after four seasons.

Professional playing career[edit]

Undrafted in the 1992 NBA draft, Jent was drafted in the fourth round (50th overall) in the 1992 CBA draft.[3] Jent began his professional career with CBA teams Rapid City Thrillers and Columbus Horizon.[4]

He had a brief career in the NBA, playing three games each for the Houston Rockets (winning a championship ring in 1994) and New York Knicks (1996–97).[5] He played in 11 playoff games in 1994, thus giving him the rare distinction of having played in more career playoff-games than regular-season games in the NBA. In between his stints with the Rockets and the Knicks, he played with the Australian NBL's North Melbourne Giants in 1995 and also played in Italy, Spain and Greece.

Coaching career[edit]

Jent was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2003-04 season. The next season he worked in the same capacity with the Orlando Magic, and was appointed interim head coach for the final 18 games of the 2004-2005 season (going 5-13), after Johnny Davis was fired. At the start of the next season he was replaced by Brian Hill. Beginning in November 2006, Jent took on the role of Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He served as LeBron James' personal shooting coach while James was on the team.[6]

On June 29, 2011, Ohio State head basketball coach Thad Matta introduced Jent as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. On June 10, 2013, Jent became an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings.[7] He was relieved of his duty on December 16, 2014.[8] Jent would later on be the newest head coach for the Bakersfield Jam after their former head coach ended up accepting an assistant coach/leading player development position for the Phoenix Suns.[9]

Jent returned to Ohio State as an assistant following the 2015–16 season.[10]

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Orlando 2004–05 18 5 13 .278 3rd in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Career 18 5 13 .278


  1. ^ "Chris Jent". Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ Chris Jent, National Basketball Association. Accessed June 28, 2011.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Chris Jent player profile". NBA. Archived from the original on September 10, 1999. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ article, accessed February 27, 2009.
  8. ^ Chris Jent leaves Kings' coaching staff
  9. ^ "Suns Sign Teletovic, Weems, Price". August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  10. ^ "What Chris Jent hopes to bring to Ohio State basketball as a new/old assistant coach". April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016.