Bryant Named WCC Player of the Week


Jan. 26, 2009

Santa Clara, Calif. - Named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week today, Santa Clara senior center John Bryant averaged 19 points, 16.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks last week. Shooting better than 76 percent, Bryant helped the Broncos to two straight wins over San Francisco and Houston Baptist. Continuing WCC action this weekend at home, Santa Clara hosts LMU on Thurs., Jan. 29 at 7 pm and then Pepperdine on Sat., Jan. 31 at 7 pm.

Last week against San Francisco, Bryant collected his 14th double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bryant then scored 20 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in the Broncos' win over Houston Baptist on Sunday. The 21-rebound performance was Bryant's fourth 20+ rebound game of the season, the most in the country, and it marked the fourth time he's had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Bryant now leads the nation in overall rebounds with 284, eight more than Oklahoma's Blake Griffin, who is second with 276. The double--double was the San Pablo, Calif. native's WCC-leading 15th of the season, ranking him second in the nation behind Griffin's 16.

"I am really happy for John and for our team this past week. We had some of the best practices of the year last week and it showed in the games we played," said Bronco head coach Kerry Keating. "For John to get Player of the Week in a conference as strong as the WCC is a real compliment to the type of player he is with two teams in the top 25. He has worked hard to put himself in this position and his efforts on and off the court as a leader are also appreciated."

"It's a real honor in a conference like this to be named the Player of the Week. There are a lot of really good players in the WCC this year," said Bryant, who was also named WCC Player of the Week on Dec. 7. "As for moving up the career charts, I don't pay attention to that kind of stuff right now, but it's nice to see my name in there with the likes of Kurt Rambis, Steve Nash, Dennis Awtrey and Ken Sears. Ken Sears was a beast on the boards - he had 30 rebounds in a game and that's tough."

Opponent               Date     GS  Min   FG-FGA   Pct 3FG-FGA   Pct  FT-FTA  Pct Off Def  Tot  Avg  PF FO   A  TO Blk Stl  Pts  Avg

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SAN FRANCISCO 1/23/09 * 28 9-11 .818 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 2 10 12 12.0 1 0 1 2 2 1 18 18.0

HOUSTON BAPTIST 1/25/09 * 32 7-10 .700 0-0 .000 6-8 .750 4 17 21 16.5 1 0 0 1 5 0 20 19.0

Totals......................... 2 60 16-21 .762 0-0 .000 6-8 .750 6 27 33 16.5 2 0 1 3 7 1 38 19.0

He is the only Bronco to ever score 1,400 points, collect more than 900 rebounds and block more than 200 shots in his career. Bryant is working to become the first Bronco since Kurt Rambis to collect 1,000+ rebounds and just the third in school history. Dennis Awtrey holds the school record with 1,135 rebounds (1967-70) and Rambis is second with 1,037 rebounds (1976-80). Bryant has 969 career rebounds and needs just 167 to break Awtrey's school record.

He is No. 9 on the all-time scoring list with 1,450 points. He needs 288 points to break Kurt Rambis' school record from 1976-80.

Bryant is in a number of career top 10 lists. See below.

BlocksNo. 1 (219)
ReboundsNo. 3 (969)
Field Goal PercentageNo. 4 (57.3%)
Field Goals MadeNo. 5 (582)
Games StartedNo. 8 (95)
Personal FoulsNo. 8 (307)
Points ScoredNo. 9 (1,450)
He is also on a single season record list as well:
BlocksNo. 4 (56)

Bryant's Career Totals:

                 	Total	                                                                                    	Rebounds
Year	GP	GS	Min	Avg	FG	FGA	Pct	FG	FGA	Pct	FT	FTA	Pct	Off	Def	Tot	Avg	PF	FO	Ast	TO	Blk	Stl	Pts	Avg
2005-06	29	14	497	17.1	85	144	.590	0	0	.000	22	32	.688	59	121	180	6.2	69	2	12	34	37	6	192	6.6
2006-07	31	29	720	23.2	130	246	.528	0	0	.000	61	93	.656	57	150	207	6.7	91	2	19	55	49	14	321	10.4
2007-08	31	30	862	27.8	214	367	.583	0	1	.000	130	175	.743	78	220	298	9.6	93	2	21	86	76	15	558	18.0
2008-09	22	22	646	29.4	153	259	.591	0	0	.000	73	98	.745	86	198	284	12.9	54	1	26	56	57	13	379	17.2
TOTAL	113	95	2725	24.1	582	1016	.573	0	1	.000	286	398	.719	280	689	969	8.6	307	7	78	231	219	48	1450	12.8