Briann January is an American WNBA player who is recently playing for the Connecticut Sun as the Point Guard. January was born in Spokane Washington, whose father was a karate instructor and her mother a teacher. Because of her father’s influence, January enrolled in a karate class, and eventually holds a black belt in karate.
Early Life Before WNBA
January took interest in basketball when she was in high school, where she had a record of 13 points per game in her senior year. She was also crowned the team MVP and assist leader. Apart from basketball, she was a team captain in their track and field, being 5-8 as her personal best.
After high school, she decided to enroll at Arizona State University, where she joined the basketball team. She was then included in the Pac-10’s 2006 All-Freshman Team, as she finished the year with 86 assists and 46 steals. When she turned into a sophomore, she was also included in the All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honor for finishing third in the number of steals and 4th in assists and assists.
January joined the 2009 WNBA Draft, where she was selected by the Indiana Fever. Even as a rookie, she gave her best as she was one of the key players who led the team to advance to the 2009 WNBA Finals. However, the Indian Fever was defeated by the Phoenix Mercury.
In 2011, January became the official point guard for the Fever, but she only managed to play for 10 games only due to a torn ACL. By the following year, she came back with an average score of 10.3 points per game, and she became the 3rd leading scorer. At that time, the Indiana Fever officially won the WNBA Championship against the Minnesota Lynx.
Briann January Positive for Covid-19
In 2020, January and teammate Natisha Hiedeman was tested positive for Covid-19, so they have to miss the training camp with the rest of the Connecticut Sun. Their head coach Curt Miller shared in an interview that it’s quite difficult because two of their point guards will be missing out on the training camp. To comply with the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, they would have to show 2 negative results while on quarantine to be back on the team.
- 2012 WNBA Champion
- 2021, 2014-16, 2021 WNBAAll-Defensive First Team
- 2013, 2017 WNBA All-Defensive SecondTeam