It went great and he stayed around to sign every book – they were thrilled! The students loved him because he took so many questions from the audience and was so candid about every subject.
Long known for his post-game quotes and great relationship with the media, Jalen Rose continues to show his versatility in the broadcast booth, in the entertainment world and as a philanthropist.
Jalen was born and raised in Detroit and attended 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. 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, Jalen 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.
While many basketball stars make the transition to the small screen after they hang up their basketball kicks, Jalen 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.
Since signing with ESPN, he has covered a wide range of current events in the landscape of sports, appearing on the network’s flagship shows SportsCenter, Mike and Mike in the Morning, First Take, SportsNation, Outside the Line and Numbers Never Lie, as well as the basketball related shows Coast to Coast, NBA Countdown and NBA Tonight. For the 2013-14 season, he appeared regularly as a host on NBA Countdown and College GameDay.
In 2007, Jalen created Three Tier Entertainment (TTE), a Los Angeles-based production and management company. In 2011, TTE executive produced ESPN’s highest-rated documentary The Fab Five.
A philanthropist who truly gives from the heart, Jalen established the Jalen Rose Foundation/Charitable Fund to create opportunities for underserved youth through the development of programs and the distribution of grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. Jalen’s most substantial outreach initiative to date is the establishment of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA).
The Academy opened its doors in September 2011 and is an open enrollment, tuition free, public charter high school on the Northwest side of Detroit. Serving over 300 ninth through eleventh grade students, the school's mission is 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 graduate with a college degree and thrive in life.
In a movement to transform public education, Jalen joins Michelle Rhee on the StudentsFirst Board of Directors. He is also an Ambassador for the American Federation for Children and National Basketball Retired Players Association.
October 2015, Jalen released his first book, Got to Give the People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions from Center Court. The book features colorful collection of Jalen's stories and opinions about basketball and life.
Jalen has proved to be more than just a professional athlete making him an all-around superstar on and off the hardwood. This mogul will always be known as “The Natural.”
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