Photoshop Phriday: Jalen Rose
With March Madness underway I thought it would be appropriate to highlight a basketball player this week. On Wednesday night Michigan narrowly beat Tulsa 67-62 to earn a meeting with Notre Dame tonight in New York. Jalen Rose is no stranger to success in March, he played at Michigan from 1991-94 and was part of the Michigan teams that made back-to-back NCAA title games in 1992 and 1993. Rose, along with Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King, and Chris Webber, was a member of the ‘Fab Five’, Michigan’s 1991 recruiting class that propelled the team to success in the early ’90s. In 2011 Rose produced a documentary for ESPN that chronicled the success and scandal surrounding the group.
Jalen, a Detroit native, notched 1,788 career points at Michigan, good for 8th all time. In the over 20 years since he left Michigan no player has bested his average of 17.9 points per game. Rose was drafted in the 1st round of the 1994 NBA draft and went on to have a successful 13 year career in the pros. Since then he has worked as an analyst for ESPN and ABC in addition to extensive charity work. He founded a free public charter school in Detroit, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, that graduated its first class last year. Jalen and the Fab Five are known for revolutionizing basketball in the ’90s, but many are still unaware about their unorthodox use of bialys during games and practice time.