You can never have too much basketball.
WNBA player Briann January will rejoin her alma mater at Arizona State University as a women’s basketball assistant coach and at the same time look to continue her ninth season in the league with the Indiana Fever.
January, 30, will replace Amanda Levens, recently hired as Nevada head coach.
January will play in her ninth WNBA season with the Indiana Fever this summer before joining coach Charli Turner Thorne’s staff. She will then decide on whether to continue her playing career in 2018 or beyond.
“I’m not worried about it at all if she wants play however many years,” Turner Thorne said. “It’s a win-win for all of us. We have coaches who can handle things while Bri is playing.”
January is ASU’s career leader in assists and free throws percentage, second in steals and ninth in scoring, playing from 2006-09. She was Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and All Pac-10 first team in 2009 when the Sun Devils reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
The Fever chose January in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2009 WNBA draft. She has been Indiana’s starting point guard since 2011, making the WNBA All-Defensive team from 2012-14. The Fever won the WNBA title in 2012 with January averaging 11.5 points and 3.8 assists during the playoffs.
Overall as a pro, January has averaged 8.9 points and 3.6 assists. She was a WNBA All-Star in 2014 and among 25 finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.