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Jalen Rose

ESPN Analyst & Former NBA Player

Biography

Current ESPN/ABC studio analyst and former 13-year NBA veteran Jalen Rose is one of a select group of 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. Read More >

Rose’s most memorable NBA moments during his 13-year 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.

While a few 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 2001, becoming a multifaceted reporter and on-air personality for Fox Sports Net’s famed Best Damn Sports Show Period. Working with the Best Damn Sports Show Period for six years, the budding broadcast star developed his own lifestyle-oriented “Jammin’ With Jalen” segment.

A philanthropist who truly gives from the heart, Rose established The Jalen Rose Foundation/Charitable Fund to create life-changing opportunities for underserved youth through the development of unique programs and the distribution of grants to qualified nonprofit organizations.

A true play-maker on the court while charming and fashionable off the court, Jalen Rose is an all-around superstar both in front of and behind the camera.    

Rose was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he attended Southwestern High School and the University of Michigan. In college 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 only 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.

Covering a wide range of current events in the landscape of sports, he’s appeared on ESPN’s flagship shows SportsCenter, Mike and Mike in the Morning, First Take, SportsNation, and ESPNEWS, as well as the NBA-related shows Coast to Coast, NBA Countdown, and NBA Tonight.

In 2007, Rose created Three Tier Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based production company that produces smart, provocative commercial projects with a worldwide mass appeal for film, television, and the web. Three Tier’s first release, the feature documentary The Fab 5, aired on ESPN in March 2011 to the highest ratings in the network’s history for the format.

Since The Jalen Rose Foundation’s inception in 2000, more than $1.2 million in charitable donations have been distributed. Most recently, the City Council of Detroit awarded Rose with a Spirit of Detroit Award in recognition of his exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership, and dedication to improving the quality of life. Rose’s most substantial outreach initiative to date is the establishment of The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (www.JRLADetroit.com). The Academy is an open enrollment public charter high school on the Northwest side of Detroit that enrolls 120 ninth-grade students followed by an additional freshman class each subsequent year. This high school ensures students receive extensive college exposure and course opportunities through a partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy. Read Less ^

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