Jeff Adrien

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Jeff Adrien
Adrien with Bnei Herzliya in 2016
No. 0Bnei Herzliya
Position Power forward / Center
League Israeli Premier League
Personal information
Born (1986-02-10) February 10, 1986 (age 32)
Brookline, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Brookline
(Brookline, Massachusetts)
Brewster Academy
(Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
College Connecticut (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Leche Río Breogán
2010 Golden State Warriors
2010 Erie BayHawks
2010–2011 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2011 Golden State Warriors
2011 Benetton Treviso
2011–2012 Houston Rockets
2012 Khimki
2012 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
20122014 Charlotte Bobcats
2014 Milwaukee Bucks
2014–2015 Minnesota Timberwolves
2015 Guangdong Southern Tigers
2016–present Bnei Herzliya
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
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Jeffrey Adrien (born February 10, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for Bnei Herzliya of the Israeli Premier League. He formerly served as captain for the University of Connecticut Huskies where he played as a power forward. [1]


High school career

Adrien attended Brookline High School in Brookline, Massachusetts. He rose to varsity level as sophomore on Brookline's state finalist team that year. [2] [3] As a senior, Adrien's team again reached the state championship. After his graduation (2004), Adrien attended Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro for a postgraduate year, playing in the Amateur Athletic Union, [4] [5] before entering the University of Connecticut on a full scholarship. [6]

College career

Adrien played power forward for the University of Connecticut Huskies. In the 2007-2008 NCAA season, Adrien was named to the 2008 First Team All-Big East Conference, leading the team in points (14.8 ppg) and rebounds (9.7 rpg). [7] As team captain in the 2008-2009 NCAA men's basketball season, Adrien averaged 13.7 ppg, and 10 rebounds per game, constituting a rare double-double average. In 2009, The Huskies made it to the Final Four of the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, before losing to the Michigan State Spartans. Adrien finished his college career with over 1,600 points and 1,100 rebounds. [8]

As for style of play, Adrien said in an interview that he feels the best attributes that he brings to the game are his "leadership, rebounding, toughness, and the ability to score over taller guys". Adrien indeed demonstrated potential as a rebounder over taller players in the NBA pre-draft measurements; despite measuring shorter than average for a power forward for the NBA draft at 6'6.5" with shoes on, Adrien's wingspan measures an outstanding 7'2" and he weighed in at a formidable 236 lbs. [9]

Professional career

2009–10 season

Adrien was not selected in the 2009 NBA draft, but later signed with Spanish league's Leite Río Breogán in Lugo, Galicia.

In 2009, Adrien accepted an invite to play on a team in the Orlando Pro Summer League. The team was run jointly by both the New Jersey Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers. He also played for the Memphis Grizzlies in the Vegas Summer League. On the Grizzlies team, playing alongside fellow Connecticut alumni Marcus Williams, Rudy Gay and Hasheem Thabeet, he led the team in rebounding.

2010–11 season

Adrien with the Warriors

Adrien played for the Orlando Magic in the Orlando Pro Summer League in 2010. [10]

On August 24, 2010, Adrien was invited to the Golden State Warriors training camp. [11] On October 10, 2010, Adrien scored 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in 22 minutes in a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings [12] He made the Warriors' final roster, but was waived in December 2010 to make room for Acie Law. [13]

On December 17, 2010, Adrien signed with the Erie BayHawks. He was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers two weeks later for Garrett Temple.

On February 24, 2011, Adrien re-signed with the Golden State Warriors following a trade that allowed roster space for him.

On June 30, 2011, Adrien was waived by the Golden State Warriors.

2011–12 season

In July 2011 he signed a one-year contract with Benetton Treviso in Italy with an out clause to return to the NBA when the 2011 NBA lockout ended. [14]

On December 21, 2011, Adrien signed with the Houston Rockets, where he was reunited with his former University of Connecticut teammate Hasheem Thabeet. [15] He was waived on February 8, 2012. [16]

2012–13 season

Adrien (left) playing for the Bobcats

In October 2012, Adrien was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. [17]

On December 9, 2012, he was called up to play with the Charlotte Bobcats, where he was again reunited with a former University of Connecticut teammate in Kemba Walker. [18] On January 8, 2013 the Bobcats guaranteed Adrien's contract for the remainder of the season. [19]

2013–14 season

On February 20, 2014, Adrien was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks along with Ramon Sessions in exchange for Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour. [20]

2014–15 season

On July 19, 2014, Adrien signed with the Houston Rockets, returning for a second stint. [21] However, he was later waived by the Rockets on October 27, 2014. [22]

On November 29, 2014, Adrien signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves to help the team deal with numerous injuries. Minnesota had to use an NBA hardship exemption in order to sign him as he made their roster stand at 16, one over the allowed limited of 15. [23] On January 7, 2015, he was waived by the Timberwolves after appearing in 16 games. [24]

On January 19, 2015, Adrien signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. [25] Prior to Game 3 of Guangdong's semi-final match-up against the Beijing Ducks, Adrien was deactivated in order to open up a roster spot for Emmanuel Mudiay who returned from injury. [26]

2015–16 season

On September 23, 2015, Adrien signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. [27] However, he was later waived by the Pelicans on October 24 after appearing in three preseason games. [28]

2016–17 season

On August 22, 2016, Adrien signed with Bnei Herzliya of the Israeli Premier League. [29] During his season with the club, he was selected to the Israeli League All-Star game and helped the club reach the FIBA Europe Cup second round. However, despite their outstanding regular season with 76% home game victories, the team who ended the league at the fifth place didn't manage to win in the play-offs.

2017–18 season

On August 24, 2017, Adrien signed a two-year contract extension with Bnei Herzliya. [30] On October 18, 2017, Adrien recorded a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, shooting 12-of-15 from the field, in a 93–74 win over Alba Fehérvár. He was subsequently named FIBA Europe Cup Round 1 Top Performer. [31] On March 29, 2018, Adrien was named Israeli League Player of the Month for games played in March. [32] On April 8, 2018, Adrien recorded a career-high 31 points, shooting 10-of-17 from the field, along with 10 rebounds and 2 steals in a 86–78 win over Hapoel Jerusalem. [33] Adrien finished his second season with Herzliya as the Israeli League fifth-leading scorer with 17.2 points per game, third in rebounds with 8.8 per game and third in efficiency rating with 21.2 per game.

2018–19 season

On July 3, 2018, Adrien signed a three-year contract extension with Bnei Herzliya. [34] [35]

NBA career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

2010–11 Golden State 2308.5.426.5792.
2011–12 Houston 807.9.438.5832.
2012–13 Charlotte 52513.7.429.000.6503.
2013–14 Charlotte 25010.2.550.5203.
2013–14 Milwaukee 281225.2.515.6707.
2014–15 Minnesota 17012.6.432.5794.

Personal life

Adrien is of Haitian descent. [36]


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