Matt Janning

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Matt Janning
Matt Janning 11 - Saski Baskonia 20171215.jpg
Janning with Saski Baskonia in 2017
No. 11 – Baskonia
Position Shooting guard
League Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1988-06-22) June 22, 1988 (age 30)
Watertown, Minnesota
Nationality American / Georgian
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Watertown-Mayer
(Watertown, Minnesota)
College Northeastern (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Maine Red Claws
2011 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2011–2012 Casale Monferrato
2012–2013 Montepaschi Siena
2013 Cibona Zagreb
2014 Montepaschi Siena
2014–2015 Anadolu Efes
2015–2016 Hapoel Jerusalem
2015–2017 Lokomotiv Kuban
2017–present Baskonia
Career highlights and awards

Matt Janning (born June 22, 1988) is an American-born naturalized Georgian professional basketball player for Baskonia of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. He is a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall shooting guard that played college basketball for Northeastern University.[1]

High school career[edit]

A combo guard, Janning attended Watertown-Mayer High School, where he averaged a Metro-high 31.8 points per game and 8.4 rebounds, earning All-Conference honors three times, a two-time All-Area award and was a two-time team MVP.[2]

College career[edit]

After high school, Janning played college basketball with the Northeastern University Huskies. He was proclaimed as one of Northeastern University's most prolific scorers of the program[3] after ending as the program's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,836 points. He was a three-time All-CAA performer, including first-team honors in 2009 and 2010.[2]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Janning played with the Boston Celtics in the Orlando Summer League and later for the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League. On August 4, 2010, he signed a multi-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.[4] On November 16, he was released by the Phoenix Suns before appearing in a game for them.

On December 1, he was signed by the Maine Red Claws, after they released Jordan Eglseder, due to injury.[5] On January 20, he was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, in exchange for Antonio Anderson. He led the Rio Grande Valley to the NBDL Finals, averaging 11 points per game.

On July 16, he signed a 1-year contract for $120,000 with Novipiù Casale Monferrato of the Lega Basket Serie A.[6] In his first Italian League season, he averaged 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game, while shooting 41% from 2-point range, 38% from 3-point range, and 70% from the free throw stripe. Janning then played with the Indiana Pacers in the Orlando Summer League, and later for the Memphis Grizzlies, in the Las Vegas Summer League, during the 2012 summer.

Janning then signed with the reigning Italian League champions, Montepaschi Siena, in August 2012.[7] He made the Lega Basket Serie A BEKO All-Star team. In his 2nd Italian League season he is averaging 7.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game, while shooting 48% from 2-point range, 31% from 3-point range, and 87% from the free throw stripe.

On August 4, 2013 it was announced that Janning signed for Croatian champions Cibona Zagreb.[8] He was released in December 2013, due to financial problems of the club.[9] On January 3, 2014, he signed with his former club Montepaschi Siena for the rest of the season.[10]

On July 10, 2014, he signed a 1+1 contract with the Turkish team Anadolu Efes.[11][12]

On September 28, 2015, Janning signed with the Denver Nuggets.[13] However, he was later waived by the Nuggets on October 15 in order for him to sign with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Basketball Premier League.[14] On February 7, 2016, he parted ways with Hapoel Jerusalem.[15] Two days later, he signed a deal with Lokomotiv Kuban until the end of the 2016–17 season.[16]

On September 15, 2017, Janning signed a two-month deal with Baskonia of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague to replace the injured Jordan McRae.[17] He finally extended his contract for the whole season on November 17.[18]

On July 6, 2018, Janning re-signed a one-year deal with Baskonia of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague.[19]

Georgia national team[edit]

On September 4, 2018, Janning got a Georgian passport, becoming a member of the Georgia national basketball team for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification games.[20]

On September 13, 2018, he made his first appearance for the Georgian team in a 85–80 win over Israel, recording 15 points, three rebounds and three assists.[21]

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.

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Northeastern 32 31 35.4 .414 .353 .724 4.5 2.8 0.9 0.2 11.6
2007–08 Northeastern 31 31 36.3 .447 .376 .812 3.5 2.4 1.3 0.2 16.1
2008–09 Northeastern 32 32 36.0 .406 .323 .742 4.7 2.7 1.5 0.2 14.3
2009–10 Northeastern 33 33 36.1 .412 .329 .752 4.0 3.1 1.5 0.2 15.4
Career[22] 128 127 35.9 .419 .345 .757 4.2 2.8 1.3 0.2 14.3

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2012–13 Montepaschi 21 14 19.7 .464 .476 .643 1.7 1.6 .6 .1 8.4 6.9
2014–15 Anadolu Efes 27 22 21.6 .384 .336 .650 1.9 1.4 .7 .0 6.9 4.5
2015–16 Hapoel Jerusalem 14 0 24.3 .426 .409 .737 2.6 1.3 .5 .1 10.1 4.5
2015–16 Lokomotiv Kuban 14 0 21.9 .443 .393 1.000 1.8 1.4 .4 .1 8.6 7.8
2016–17 Lokomotiv Kuban 17 0 25.0 .507 .333 .800 2.6 2.8 .9 .3 11.3 10.7
2017–18 Baskonia 21 7 21.7 .545 .381 .917 1.7 1.6 .5 .1 8.1 6.6
Career 114 43 22.3 .461 .388 .791 2.1 1.7 .6 .1 8.9 6.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legabasket – Matt Janning". Legabasket.it. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Northeastern bio". GoNU.com. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Janning's round trip brings him to Celtics". Boston.com. July 6, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  4. ^ "Phoenix Suns sign Matt Janning". Sportando.com. August 5, 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Red Claws add Northeastern's Janning". ESPN.com. December 1, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  6. ^ "Fastweb Casale announces Matt Janning". Sportando.com. July 14, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  7. ^ "Fastweb Casale announces Matt Janning". Sportando.com. August 3, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  8. ^ Korać, Branimir (4 August 2013). "Cibona osigurala šutersko pojačanje, Darko Planinić vrlo blizu Zagreba". Sportnet.hr. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Cibona otpustila američki dvojac" (in Croatian). Crosarka.com. 25 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Ufficiale il ritorno di Matt Janning" (in Italian). Menssanabasket.it. 3 January 2014. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Matt Janning Anadolu Efes'te..." anadoluefessporkulubu.org (in Turkish). 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Anadolu Efes inks sharpshooter Janning". Euroleague.net. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  13. ^ "2015 Training Camp Introductions". NBA.com. September 28, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  14. ^ "Hapoel Jerusalem signs Matt Janning". Sportando.com. October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  15. ^ "Matt Janning, Hapoel Jerusalem officially part ways". Sportando.com. February 7, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  16. ^ "Lokomotiv Kuban signed Matt Janning". lokobasket.com. February 9, 2016. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "Matt Janning sustituirá al lesionado McRae". Saski Baskonia (in Spanish). 15 September 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Matt Janning, azulgrana hasta final de temporada" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Baskonia keeps sharpshooter Janning". EuroLeague.net. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Matt Janning posts an Instagram story with his new Georgian passport". Sportando.basketball. September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  21. ^ "Israel v Georgia boxscore - FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers". fiba.basketball. September 13, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  22. ^ Matt Janning, sports-reference.com, accessed 25 October 2010.

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