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  Alex Jensen
Alex Jensen

Player Profile
Hometown:
Centerville, Utah

High School:
Viewmont HS

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 225

Position:
Forward

Fast Facts: Jensen earned first team all-conference honors in 1998-99 ... started all 67 games the last two seasons since returning from a two-year LDS church mission ... is Utah's second-leading scorer and top rebounder returning ... excellent defensive player and rebounder ... can defend all five positions ... 18 career double-doubles ... only person other than Magic Johnson of Michigan State (1979 NCAA national semifinal game) to post a triple-double in the 30-year history of the Jon M. Huntsman Center against Fresno State on Jan. 25, 1999 ... is in excellent shape, rating second-best on the team in overall strength and conditioning entering the season ... team co-captain.

Career Notes: Ranks fourth in career offensive rebounds (259) and sixth in defensive boards (397) at the U.

Junior (1998-99): Started all 33 games ... first team all-Western Athletic Conference Pacific Division ... also named to the league all-defensive team ... WAC Tournament MVP ... ranked ninth in the WAC and led the team in rebounds (7.6 rpg) ... ranked 16th in the league and second on the team in assists (3.4 apg) ... third on the team in scoring (12.1 ppg) ... second on the team in field goal percentage (.543) and was the most accurate three-point shooter (.398) ... led the Utes four times in scoring, 14 times in rebounds and six times in assists ... 10 double-doubles and one triple-double ... scored 20 points or more twice and was in double figures 23 times ... double-figure rebounds 10 times ... made more than one three-point field goal in 13 games ... had six or more assists in six games and at least three steals in five games ... played the entire 40 minutes twice and all but one minute in two other games ... first career triple-double with 16 points (7-of-14 shooting), 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists against Fresno State (Jan. 25) ... career-high 22 points, shooting 7-of-9 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range and 6-of-9 from the free throw line, in 40 minutes against UTEP (Jan. 30) ... also had a career-best three blocked shots against the Miners ... named the WAC Player of the Week for his performances against Fresno State and UTEP ... season-high 13 rebounds in 39 minutes against New Mexico (Feb. 1) ... averaged 13.0 points, shooting 50 percent from the field, and 8.0 rebounds in two NCAA Tournament games ... had 18 points and led the Utes with 11 boards in 27 minutes against Arkansas State in the first round of the NCAAs ... averaged 16.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in the WAC Tournament to capture MVP honors ... also shot 66.7 percent from the field and went 5-of-8 from three-point range in three games ... 10 points and five assists against BYU in the WAC quarterfinals ... played 44 minutes and led Utes in scoring with 20 points (8-of-13 shooting) in overtime win over Tulsa in the semifinals ... double-double with 18 points and 11 boards against New Mexico in the championship game ... hit for 14 points (6-of-8 shooting) and had seven assists in the season opener against Azusa Pacific ... 15 points, eight boards and eight assists against Weber State ... seven assists against Arizona State ... 15 points (6-of-9 shooting) and 10 rebounds against Long Beach State ... 11 points, seven rebounds (all offensive) and four steals against Texas ... 12 points, six rebounds and four assists against Loyola Marymount ... 16 points and 12 rebounds against Saint Francis ... 10 points and 11 boards against Ripon ... 17 points, shooting 5-of-8 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line, in win at Hawaii (Jan. 18) ... also had nine boards in that game ... 14 points (5-of-7 shooting) and 13 rebounds at New Mexico (Feb. 1) ... 15 points (making 3-of-5 three-pointers), seven assists and three steals against San Diego State (Feb. 11) ... 15 points, 11 rebounds (seven offensive) in win at Fresno State (Feb. 20) ... 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 12 boards in 33 minutes against UTEP (Feb. 25) ... 14 points, seven boards and five steals in home win over New Mexico (Feb. 27) ... made the spring semester honor roll.

Sophomore (1997-98): First season back from a two-year LDS Church mission to England ... started all 34 games ... team's second-leading rebounder (5.8 rpg) ... 79 assists were also second on team ... four double-doubles ... 10 double-figure scoring games and four double-figure rebound games ... recorded at least five assists three times ... named to the NCAA West Region all-tournament team ... played at least 30 minutes in all six NCAA Tournament games ... nine points against San Francisco in the first round of the NCAAs ... seven points and nine boards in NCAA second-round win over Arkansas ... 11 points (4-of-7 field goals), 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in win over top-seeded Arizona in the NCAA West Regional final ... seven points, five rebounds and three assists in national semifinal win over North Carolina ... 14 points, two rebounds and two assists in NCAA championship game loss to Kentucky ... opened season with a career-high 16 rebounds (eight offensive) against Cal State-Fullerton ... also had 12 points against the Titans ... season-high 17 points (making all nine free throws) against Air Force (Jan. 22) ... 11 points and seven boards against Southern Utah ... 10 points against Loyola Marymount ... eight rebounds against Providence in the Great Eight ... seven rebounds and a great defensive effort against Wake Forest ... eight rebounds and three assists against Utah State ... 15 points and 10 rebounds against Azusa Pacific ... 11 points, shooting 5-of-7 from the field, and 10 rebounds against New Mexico (Feb. 28) ... 11 points against Oregon State ... made the fall and winter quarter honor rolls.

Summer 1997: Played on the NIT All-Star Team that toured Japan after returning from his LDS church mission.

Freshman (1994-95): Played in 34 games, starting two ... averaged 24.8 minutes per game ... averaged 6.7 points per game and was second on the team in rebounds (6.1 rpg) ... led the Utes with 76 offensive rebounds ... averaged 6.7 points per game in WAC play ... shot 75.7 percent from the free throw line and 58.8 percent from field ... four double-doubles ... eight double-figure scoring games and four double-figure rebound games ... first career double-double with season highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds against Weber State ... scored in double figures in the next two games with 14 points (5-of-8 field goals) against Adams State and 13 points (3-of-3 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line) against Chicago State ... also had 12 boards against Adams State ... scoreless with three rebounds in first career start against Brigham Young (Jan. 3) ... also started against Hawaii (Feb. 18), posting 14 points (7-of-11 field goals) and 12 rebounds ... 15 points, making all four shots from the field and going 7-of-9 at the free throw line, as well as seven boards in 30 minutes against Brigham Young (Mar. 4) ... back-to-back 12-point games against New Mexico and UTEP ... named to honor roll for the fall quarter and dean's list for the spring quarter.

High School: Named honorable mention All-American and Utah Gatorade Player of Year by USA Today ... first team all-state and 5A player of year by the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune as a senior ... averaged 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, and shot 63 percent from the field in 1993-94 ... led Viewmont High School to a 72-5 record in three years ... coached by Brad Christensen.

Personal: Son of Kathy and Jerry Jensen ... finance major ... born May 16, 1976.

Quoting Majerus
"This year I'm looking for Al to become the dominant offensive player that he is capable of becoming. I expect him to be an offensive threat in every aspect of the game. There's no question that he's one of the premier defenders and rebounders in college basketball. That's a given."

Career Highs

Points 22 vs UTEP (1/30/99) Rebounds 16 vs. Cal State-Fullerton (11/15/97) Field Goals 8 vs. Tulsa (3/5/99) Field Goal Attempts 14 vs. Fresno State (1/25/99) 3-Point Field Goals 3, Two Times 3-Point Field Goal Attempts 6 vs. Wake Forest (12/28/98) Free Throws 9, Two Times Free Throw Attempts 10, Two Times Assists 10 vs. Fresno State (1/25/99) Steals 5 vs. New Mexico (2/27/99) Blocked Shots 3 vs. UTEP (1/30/99) Minutes 44 vs. Tulsa (3/5/99)

Career Statistics

Season GP-GS Min FG-A Pct 3FG-A Pct FT-A Pct Reb Avg PF-D AT TO BS ST Pts Avg
1994-95 34-2 842 70-119 .588 1-1 1.000 87-115 .757 207 6.1 99-4 56 53 2 21 228 6.7
1997-98 34-34 950 75-164 .457 14-45 .311 68-91 .747 198 5.8 88-2 79 49 4 26 232 6.8
1998-99 33-33 1037 145-267 .543 35-88 .398 75-105 .714 251 7.6 101-7 113 58 14 35 400 12.1
Totals 101-69 2829 290-550 .527 50-134 .373 230-311 .740 656 6.5 288-13 248 160 20 82 860 8.5
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