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Jalen Rose          

ESPN Analyst & Former NBA Player

Current ABC/ESPN analyst and former 13-year NBA star Jalen Rose is one of the few professional athletes to maintain a high profile post-retirement. Long known for his post-game quotes and great relationship with the media, Rose continues to show his versatility in the broadcast booth, in the entertainment world and as a philanthropist.

At the University of Michigan, he was part of the legendary “Fab Five” where he and his teammates revolutionized the sport of basketball on the court and off by wearing baggy uniform shorts, black socks and black shoes. The first team in Final Four history to ever start five freshmen, they led the Wolverines to back to back NCAA Championship game appearances. In 1994, Rose was drafted in the first round by the Denver Nuggets. Notable highlights from his thirteen-year NBA career include winning the NBA’s “Most Improved Player” and “Player of the Week” awards in 2000 and “Eastern Conference Player of the Week” accolades in 2005. As a member of the Indiana Pacers, his team appeared in three straight eastern conference finals including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2000. In 2003, he was honored with the Professional Basketball Writers Association Magic Johnson Award. He was inducted into the Detroit High School Hall of Fame in 2013 and Michigan Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

While many basketball stars make the transition to the small screen after they hang up their basketball kicks, Rose made the bold leap in the midst of his NBA career in 2002, becoming a multi-faceted reporter for BET Mad Sports and an on-air personality for Fox Sports Net’s famed Best Damn Sports Show Period. Shortly after retiring from basketball in 2007, Jalen – a mass communications major at U of M who ultimately earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland University College – went full throttle pursuing his passion in the multi-media, sports and entertainment world, signing with ABC/ESPN as an analyst. Covering a wide range of current events in the landscape of sports, he’s appeared on many of the network’s flagship shows and was named a studio analyst for "NBA Countdown" – ABC and ESPN’s pre-game show in 2012. On September 28, 2015, ESPN Radio launched "Jalen and Jacoby," co-hosted by Rose and ESPN senior producer/commentator David Jacoby, which became a TV show in 2016 and is the most-watched sports podcast on the internet. Recognized as one of the hardest working analysts in the business, Rose was added to a third ESPN show when "Get Up!" in 2018. On May 24, 2018, Jalen received the 2018 Team ESPN Commentator of the Year award for using his voice, leadership position and volunteer efforts to provide a positive impact in the community!

Rose also has many philanthropic endeavors including the Jalen Rose Foundation/Charitable Fund to create life-changing opportunities for underserved youth through the development of unique programs and the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA), an open enrollment, tuition-free, public charter high school on the Northwest side of Detroit, which aims to provide a leadership-focused experience within a high-performing high school that engages and inspires Detroit area youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree and thrive in life. He is the founder of JRLA and serves as the President of the Board of Directors. Rose has personally donated nearly $2 million via his charitable fund and to support his charter school in his hometown.

In 2007, Jalen created Three Tier Entertainment (TTE), a LA based production and management company committed to creating an artistic haven for actors, writers and directors. In 2015, he released his first book, "Got to Give the People What They Want," a collection of stories and opinions about basketball and life that gives people the kind of insight and understanding they don’t get anywhere else in the sports world. In 2017, he starred in a single-cam pilot episode, "Jalen vs. Everybody" on ESPN which followed the former NBA star and current radio/TV personality as he juggled his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad.

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