Former Ute Alex Jensen was named the NBA Development League's Coach of the Year
April 22, 2013
NEW YORK - Former Utah men's basketball standout and current Canton Charge head coach Alex Jensen was named the winner of the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award, as voted by his fellow NBA Development League head coaches today.
Jensen guided a Canton team that recorded a franchise-best 30 victories during the 2012-13 regular season, en route to an East Division title and the fourth seed in the 2013 NBA D-League Playoffs. In the postseason, Jensen's Charge was defeated by the Tulsa 66ers in the first round.
The 2012-13 NBA D-League campaign, Jensen's second with the Charge, saw the team lead the league in scoring defense, allowing only 96.0 points per game while limiting its opponents to only 30 percent shooting from behind the three-point arc. Jensen's Charge held opponents under 100 points in 27 times and under 90 points in 17 contests.
Hired in October 2011, Jensen has helmed the Charge during the team's first two years of existence, compiling a 57-43 regular season and a 4-5 postseason record during his tenure and overseeing the development of three players to earn GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA from Canton.
"Alex's commitment to winning and his dedication to development have propelled the Charge to an impressive second campaign," said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. "Under his watchful eye, the Charge has not only achieved on-court success, as evidenced by back-to-back trips to the NBA D-League postseason, but has produced NBA-caliber players and aided in the progress of a number of Cleveland Cavaliers. I congratulate him on another successful season and this well-deserved honor."
Jensen, Utah's Mr. Basketball in 1994, hails from Centerville and played for Rick Majerus during his time with the Utes. Upon returning from his mission after his freshman year, Jensen entered the starting lineup for the 1997-98 season and helped lead the Utes to one of the best years in school history. Utah went 30-4 and played for the 1998 National Championship as Jensen was named to the All-West Regional team during 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 finished with 1,279 points and 896 rebounds for his college career.