Harold Jensen

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Harold Jensen
Personal information
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Trumbull (Trumbull, Connecticut)
College Villanova (1983–1987)
NBA draft 1987 / Round: 6 / Pick: 121st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career 1987–1988
Position Shooting guard
Number 32
Career history
1987–1988 Philadelphia Aces
Career highlights and awards

Harold Jensen (born c. 1965) is a retired American basketball player. He is best remembered as a key player in Villanova University's surprise 1985 NCAA championship victory.

Jensen, a 6'5 swingman from Trumbull High School in Trumbull, Connecticut, played for coach Rollie Massimino at Villanova from 1983 to 1987. Jensen played little as a freshman, but as a sophomore was the sixth man for the Wildcats' 1985 National Championship team. For the season, Jensen averaged 4.1 points per game, but he came off the bench in the 1985 NCAA title game to shoot a perfect 5-5 from the floor and hit four clutch free throws in the closing minutes as Villanova beat the defending champion Georgetown Hoyas 66-64 in what is considered by many to be one of the biggest upsets in sports history.[1][2] Jensen was named to the All-tournament team for his performance and would be remembered as one of the surprising heroes of NCAA tournament history.[3][4][5]

Jensen built off his surprise sophomore tournament performance to become a starter for his junior and senior seasons. He led the Wildcats in scoring as a senior (15.9 points per game) and netted second team All-Big East honors. Jensen also received national recognition as a two-time first team Academic All-American - the first basketball player in Big East and Villanova history to be so honored.[6][7] For his career, Harold Jensen scored 1,155 points and dished 231 assists.[6]

After graduating from Villanova, Jensen was drafted in the 1987 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers (sixth round, 121st pick) but did not play in the NBA.[8] He played one season in the United States Basketball League (USBL).[9] He then entered a career in business as a marketing executive.

Jensen was elected to the Philadelphia Big 5 basketball hall of fame in 1995.[10]


  1. ^ Page 2's List for top upsets in sports history, accessed October 14, 2011
  2. ^ SI's Greatest upsets in Sports History, accessed October 14, 2011
  3. ^ Blade staff writer (April 2, 1985). "Jensen delivers in style". The Toledo Blade. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ Believe It! The Rays Have Arrived, accessed October 14, 2011
  5. ^ 20 years ago, Big East owned March madness, accessed October 14, 2011
  6. ^ a b 2010-11 Villanova men's basketball guide, accessed October 14, 2011
  7. ^ 2010-11 Big East men's basketball guide, page 158accessed October 14, 2011
  8. ^ 1987 NBA Draft at basketball-reference.com, accessed October 14, 2011
  9. ^ 1999 USBL media guide, page 196
  10. ^ The Big 5-0: The Big 5 Turns 50. Philadelphia Daily News Press. 2005. ISBN 1-58822-051-6. , page 83

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