Alex Jensen

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Alex Jensen
Utah Jazz
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1976-05-16) May 16, 1976 (age 38)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Viewmont (Bountiful, Utah)
College Utah (1994–1995, 1997–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Pro career 2000–2007
Position Small forward
Career history
As player:
2000–2002 Darüşşafaka (Turkey)
2002 Girona (Spain)
2002–2003 Yakima Sun Kings (CBA)
2003–2005 Tuborg Pilsener (Turkey)
2005–2006 Türk Telekom (Turkey)
2006 Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins (Japan)
2007 TED Ankara Kolejliler (Turkey)
As coach:
2007–2011 Saint Louis (assistant)
2011–2013 Canton Charge (D-League)
2013–present Utah Jazz (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Alex Jensen (born May 16, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player and current coach who is currently an assistant coach for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. He was a standout college player at the University of Utah.

College career[edit]

Jensen, Utah's 1994 Mr. Basketball from Centerville, played for coach Rick Majerus at Utah. As a freshman, he averaged 24.8 minutes, 6.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Following his first season, Jensen left to complete a two-year Mormon mission in England.[1]

Upon returning from his mission, Jensen entered the starting lineup for the 1997–98 season. Jensen and teammates Andre Miller, Michael Doleac and Hanno Möttölä, led the Utes to one of the best in school history, as the Utes went 30–4 and played for the 1998 National Championship, losing to Kentucky. Jensen averaged 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds and was named to the All-West Regional team for the NCAA tournament.

As a junior, Jensen took another step in his development as he made the All-Western Athletic Conference team (Pacific Division) and the WAC All-Defensive team after averaging 12.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He was also the 1999 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament MVP as he led the Utes back to the NCAA tournament. As a senior, Jensen was the first Mountain West Conference player of the year as the Utes became a charter member of the league. Jensen averaged 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game that season and scored 1,279 points and collected 896 rebounds for his college career.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Following the close of his college career, Jensen began an international career that would bring him to Spain, Japan and Turkey.[3] While he was in Turkey, he was named All-FIBA Europe Cup Defender of the Year in 2004. He also played a season in the Continental Basketball Association for the Yakama Sun Kings, winning a league championship in 2003.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2007, Jensen left professional basketball to become an assistant coach for his mentor, Rick Majerus, as a member of his new staff at Saint Louis. Jensen remained on Majerus' staff for four seasons, until he was offered the job as the first head coach of the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.[4] Jensen was named the NBA D-League's Coach of the Year for 2013 in just his second season.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Utah Utes Men's Basketball player bio". University of Utah. 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2011–12 Utah Utes Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). University of Utah. 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Tom Reed (October 18, 2011). "Much-traveled Alex Jensen can relate to the D-League players he's about to coach". The Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Bob Finnan (October 12, 2011). "Cavaliers hire Alex Jensen to coach NBADL team in Canton". The News-Herald. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ Canton's Alex Jensen Named 2012-13 NBA D-League Coach of the Year