PRESCOTT VALLEY – The NBA Development League announced today that Northern Arizona Suns forward/center Johnny O’Bryant was named the NBA D-League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 15.
This marked O’Bryant’s first weekly honor and the first such award for a Suns player in team history.
The 6-foot 9-inch, 257-pound Louisiana State product led the Suns to a 2-0 week, averaging 24.0 points, 17.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per game.
On Jan. 10 against the Oklahoma City Blue, O’Bryant helped the Suns end a nine-game losing streak against the D-League’s hottest team, one who had the longest active winning streak at seven games. He set his career-high in rebounds that night at 17, adding a double-double with 22 points.
Then on Jan. 14 against the Grand Rapids Drive, O’Bryant again secured 17 rebounds, earning his second double-double in as many games with 26 points. He shot 7-of-17 from the field, including a career-best 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, to help the Suns beat the Drive by 31 points, which was the largest margin of victory for Northern Arizona in team history.
O’Bryant averaged the most rebounds in the D-League this past week for those who played at least two games, and was among just three players in the entire league who earned at least one 20-15 game.
He also averaged 8.0 points in the opening frame in both games, making sure the Suns were not trailing early in either game, and then closed out by averaging 11.5 points in the fourth quarter against the Blue and the Drive. He scored 16 points in the final frame against Grand Rapids, setting a new season-high for points in a quarter by a Suns player.
The Suns’ big-man is now averaging 18.0 points on 45.3 percent shooting, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Shooting 45.5 percent from downtown this week, O’Bryant is averaging a made three-point field goal per game.
O’Bryant leads the team with nine double-doubles on the year.
The Suns next play at the NBA D-League Showcase in Mississauga, Ontario, on Wednesday, where O’Bryant will look to continue his great play against the Blue at the Hershey Centre at 4 p.m. MT.