John Bryant (basketball)

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John Bryant
John Bryant.JPG
Bryant with Bayern Munich in 2013
No. 54 – Gießen 46ers
LeagueBasketball Bundesliga
Personal information
Born (1987-06-13) June 13, 1987 (age 32)
Berkeley, California
Listed height2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)
Listed weight127 kg (280 lb)
Career information
High schoolPinole Valley (Pinole, California)
CollegeSanta Clara (2005–2009)
NBA draft2009 / Undrafted
Playing career2009–present
Career history
2009–2010Erie BayHawks
2010–2013ratiopharm Ulm
2013–2016Bayern Munich
2016Valencia Basket
2016–2017 AS Monaco
2017–presentGießen 46ers
Career highlights and awards

John Bryant (born June 13, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Gießen 46ers of the German Basketball Bundesliga. Bryant was the 2009 West Coast Conference player of the year and an All-American as a senior at Santa Clara University.[1]

College career[edit]

Bryant, a 6'11" center from Pinole Valley High School in Pinole, California, played for the Santa Clara Broncos from 2005 to 2009. Bryant earned the Broncos starting center spot during his freshman year - averaging 6.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and earning a spot on the West Coast Conference (WCC) all-freshman team. He followed this up with a solid sophomore campaign, raising his averages to 10.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.[2]

Bryant raised his game considerably as a junior. Bryant averaged 18 points per game and led the WCC in rebounding (9.6) and blocked shots (2.3). Bryant garnered first team All-WCC honors for the season.

Bryant showed a new dedication to conditioning the offseason before his senior campaign, but his hard work was nearly derailed as he was the victim of a stabbing attack just prior to the start of the 2008–09 season.[3] However, he made a full recovery and had an outstanding senior year. Bryant led the nation in double-doubles and finished a close second to national player of the year Blake Griffin in rebounding nationally (14.2 to Griffin's 14.4). He was again named All-WCC, was the 2009 conference player of the year, and was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Following the close of his college career, Bryant was not selected in the 2009 NBA Draft. He played his first professional season with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League (NBDL), where he averaged 13.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 49 games.[4]

The next season, Bryant moved to Germany, signing with ratiopharm Ulm of the Basketball Bundesliga. Bryant averaged 14.7 points and 10.9 rebounds in the 2010–11 season. He re-signed with Ulm for the 2011–12 season,[5] and was subsequently named the Most Valuable Player of that season.[6] He was named to the All-EuroCup First Team in 2013.[7]

In July 2013, Bryant signed a two-year contract with Bayern Munich. In his first season with the Bavarians he helped the club reach the Top 16 of the EuroLeague and win the German championship.

On July 15, 2015, he signed a two-year extension with Bayern.[8] On August 9, 2016, he parted ways with Bayern,[9] and signed a one-year deal with Spanish club Valencia Basket.[10]

After only playing two league games with Valencia, the club rescinded his contract due to his poor performance.[11]

On November 23, 2016, he signed a two-month deal with French club AS Monaco Basket.[12] He moved back to Germany for the 2017–18 season, signing with Basketball Bundesliga side Gießen 46ers.[13]

Career 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  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.


2013–14 Bayern 24 22 20.5 .439 .200 .667 6.5 1.2 .4 .4 7.8 8.9
2014–15 Bayern 10 8 22.2 .455 .273 .767 7.7 1.5 .4 .6 10.8 12.1
2015–16 Bayern 10 3 18.7 .569 .667 .692 3.9 .9 1.1 .6 8.9 10.1
Career 44 33 20.5 .469 .311 .713 6.2 1.2 .6 .5 8.8 9.9


  1. ^ Santa Clara's John Bryant Named AP Honorable Mention All-American, accessed September 12, 2011
  2. ^ a b SCU biography, accessed September 12, 2011
  3. ^ Santa Clara standout Bryant stabbed in back, should return soon, accessed September 12, 2011
  4. ^ NBDL profile, accessed September 12, 2011
  5. ^ BB profile, accessed September 12, 2011
  6. ^ Doppelter Erfolg für ratiopharm ulm: John Bryant wird „MVP“, Thorsten Leibenath „Coach of the Year“ Archived 2012-07-21 at ‹See Tfd›(in German), accessed April 20, 2012
  7. ^ Star power fills 2012-13 All-Eurocup teams!
  8. ^ "Bayern-Basketballer verlängern mit John Bryant bis 2017". (in German). 15 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  9. ^ "John Bryant and Vitalis Chikoko leave Bayern Munich". 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  10. ^ "John Bryant signs with Valencia Basket". 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Valencia Basket rescinde el contrato de John Bryant" (in Spanish). 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  12. ^ "John Bryant agreed to terms with AS Monaco". 24 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  13. ^ "GIESSEN 46ers | GIESSEN 46ers verpflichten zweifachen Ex-BBL-MVP – John Bryant wechselt an die Lahn - GIESSEN 46ers". (in German). Retrieved 2017-09-13.

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