|Intro||American basketball player and coach|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||11 January 1970, Orange, Orange County, California, U.S.A.|
Christopher Matthew “Chris” Jent (born January 11, 1970) is an American basketball coach and former player who is currently an assistant coach with Ohio State University. He was formerly the head coach of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.
Early life and college career
Jent was born in Orange, California and grew up in Sparta, New Jersey. After attending high school at Sparta High School (New Jersey), he played college basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes, leaving in 1992 after four seasons.
Professional playing career
Undrafted in the 1992 NBA draft, Jent was drafted in the fourth round (50th overall) in the 1992 CBA draft. Jent began his professional career with CBA teams Rapid City Thrillers and Columbus Horizon.
He had a brief career in the NBA, playing three games each for the Houston Rockets (winning a championship ring in 1994) and New York Knicks (1996–97). He played in 11 playoff games in 1994, thus giving him the rare distinction of having played in more career playoff-games than regular-season games in the NBA. In between his stints with the Rockets and the Knicks, he played with the Australian NBL’s North Melbourne Giants in 1995 and also played in Italy, Spain and Greece.
Jent was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2003-04 season. The next season, he worked in the same capacity with the Orlando Magic, and was appointed interim head coach for the final 18 games of the 2004-2005 season (going 5-13), after Johnny Davis was fired. At the start of the next season he was replaced by Brian Hill. Beginning in November 2006, Jent took on the role of Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He served as LeBron James’ personal shooting coach while James was on the team.
On June 29, 2011, Ohio State head basketball coach Thad Matta introduced Jent as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. On June 10, 2013, Jent became an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings. He was relieved of his duty on December 16, 2014. Jent would later on be the newest head coach for the Bakersfield Jam after their former head coach ended up accepting an assistant coach/leading player development position for the Phoenix Suns.
Jent returned to Ohio State as an assistant following the 2015–16 season.
Head coaching record
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win-loss %|
|Orlando||2004–05||18||5||13||.278||3rd in Southeast||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|