July 23, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Former Utah men's basketball standout Alex Jensen was hired today by the Utah Jazz to the position of player development assistant.
Jensen, the reigning NBA Development League Coach of the Year of the Canton Charge, will will work alongside fellow player development assistant Johnnie Bryant to create and implement individual skill development plans for all Jazz players. Bryant, another former Runnin' Ute star, was hired in September 2012 by the Jazz.
Jensen most recently served as the head coach of the NBA D-League Select Team in the 2013 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, leading his squad to a 4-1 record against NBA team entries and advancing them to the quarterfinals of the inaugural summer league tournament.
Jensen had been operating as the first-ever head coach of the Charge for the past two seasons (2011-13) and led the team to a franchise-best 30 victories, an East Division title, and a fourth-seed in the 2013 NBA D-League Playoffs. Prior to that, Jensen served as an assistant coach at Saint Louis University under former Ute head coach Rick Majerus from 2007-11.
Jensen, Utah's Mr. Basketball in 1994, hails from Centerville and played for 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 Region team during the NCAA Tournament.
As a junior, Jensen took another step in his development as he made the All-Western Athletic Conference team 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.
Following his collegiate career, Jensen played seven professional seasons in Turkey and one season with the Yakima Sun Kings of the CBA. While playing in Europe, Jensen was named All-FIBA Europe Cup Defender of the Year in 2004, along with being named to the All-FIBA Europe Cup First Team.