The Arizona State basketball program will retire the number 20 jersey of former All-American Briann January, who has gone and excelled in the WNBA.
Festivities will take place on November 12 at Desert Financial Arena when the Sun Devils take on Minnesota.
January will be only the third Sun Devil women’s basketball player to honor her jersey number, 20, along with Ryneldi Becenti (No. 21) and Kym Hampton (No. 32).
“I’m incredibly excited that we can finally honor Briann January’s jersey at Desert Financial Arena,” said ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne of January, who later joined Turner Thorne’s staff as an assistant coach for two seasons. “Briann is one of the most decorated players to come out of this program, and she no longer deserves this honor. During her time as Sun Devil, she helped elevate our program to the elite and helped score incredible runs in the NCAA tournament .
“Outside of basketball, Briann has done everything the ‘Sun Devil Way’. She spent countless hours in the community, enjoyed spending time with our donor group and fanbase, and was an incredible teammate and leader. I had no doubts that Briann was a great professional career – both in the WNBA and abroad.”
January earned All-Americas commendations from the AP in 2008 and 2009 and from the WBCA in 2009. She was a two-time Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and was named first-team All-Pac-10 in 2009. the conclusion of her Sun Devil career, January was at or near the top of several ASU career stats, including assists (first, 538/now second), steals (second, 265), free throws (second, 401), 3- point field goal percentage (fourth, .399), 3-point field goals (fifth, 132/now sixth), and points (seventh, 1.317/now ninth).
As a senior in 2009, January, who was named to the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball All-Century Team in 2016, placed second in the nation in 3-point FG pc. (0.469) and 12th in the aid/turnover ratio (2.1). Within the Pac-10, she was first in assists (4.7 apg), 3-point field goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio, second in steals (2.3 spg), and fourth in free-throw percentage (0.840) and 3-point field goals per game (2.0). At the time, her 65 three-pointers set a new single-season school record, while her 167 assists ranked fourth on the school’s all-time single-season list.
During her time in Tempe, the Sun Devils won 77 percent of their games (104-32), including 72 percent of their Pac-10 games (59-13). They qualified for the NCAA tournament all four years, including the program’s first two Elite Eight appearances (2007, ’09). Despite all she’s accomplished, Turner Thorne noted that it’s what January didn’t do that made her even more special.
In the WNBA, January was a starter in 288 of 357 games in the past 13 seasons — nine with the Fever (2009-17), two with the Phoenix Mercury (2018-19) and two with the Connecticut Sun. During her nine seasons in Indianapolis, January played a pivotal role in helping Indiana advance to the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons, including three trips to the WNBA Finals, winning the 2012 WNBA title.
A 2014 WNBA All-Star, January has been named to the league’s All-Defensive teams seven times, including five first-team nods with the most recent first-team honors from the past season while playing for the Sun. January, who led the WNBA in 3-point shooting percentage twice (2015, 2018), was on a playoff team 12 times in her 13-year WNBA career.
The Sun Devils open the 2021-22 season against Northern Colorado on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
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