Fever's January returns Thursday, ready for WNBA All-Star game
Indiana Fever point guard Brian January says she is ready to play Thursday when the Fever host the Chicago Sky (7:00 p.m. Fox Sports Indiana). January is also coming back from a hyperextended knee in time to play in her first WNBA All-Star game Saturday (3:30 p.m. ESPN).
"I worked out (Wednesday)," said January after participating in a Fever kids basketball clinic. "It felt good. I tested it out a little bit. I'm feeling really confident."
January suffered the knee injury Saturday in a loss to the Atlanta Dream. She sat out Tuesday night's loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. Fever president and general manager Kelly Krauskopf had called earlier on Tuesday to inform January that she had been selected for the first time as an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve by WNBA head coaches.
"That's an honor to be considered one of the top in the league and be put in there by the coaches," said January. "It's awesome. It should be a fun time."
The 2014 All-Star game is played at US Airways Center in Phoenix. January played her college basketball at nearby Arizona State. The Fever selected January 6th overall in the 2009 WNBA draft. She is averaging 11 points and four assists in her 6th season with the Fever.
"It really hasn't sunk in yet," said January. "I think it will hit me when I'm out there. Just to be surrounded by great players, it's going to be a great time. When you're out there playing with skilled basketball players like that, you can't not have a good time out on the court."
January will join her Fever teammate Tamika Catchings, an Eastern Conference All-Star starter.
"I've asked her a few questions," said January with a smile. "She's like, 'Don't worry about it. You're going to be fine.'"