Ex-Ute Alex Jensen hired by Utah Jazz

Published: Sunday, Oct. 4 2015 2:58 p.m. MDT

Alex Jensen has been spending time with the Utah Jazz recently. (Provided by Saint Louis University) Alex Jensen has been spending time with the Utah Jazz recently. (Provided by Saint Louis University)

SALT LAKE CITY — Alex Jensen, a standout player for the University of Utah a little over a decade ago, is coming home to be a player development assistant for the Utah Jazz.

It's no big surprise since Jensen has been hanging around with the Jazz since last month, but the Jazz made it official Tuesday. He will work alongside another former Ute, Johnnie Bryant, "to create and implement individual skill development plans for all Jazz players."

Earlier this week the Jazz confirmed that Brad Jones was being promoted to full-time assistant coach after being assistant coach/player development.

"I am excited to welcome Alex back to Utah and into the Jazz family," said Utah coach Tyrone Corbin. "Alex is a skilled young coach, who, along with Johnnie, will be a valuable component of our player development process."

Jensen is a Bountiful native who was named Utah "Mr. Basketball" in 1994 after starring for Viewmont High School. He went to the University of Utah and played in 1994-95 before going on an LDS mission to England and for three years after, including Utah's team that played in the NCAA Finals in 1998.

He most recently served as the head coach of the NBA D-League Select Team this summer in Las Vegas, where he led his team to a 4-1 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the summer league tournament. Before than he was the head coach of the D-League's Canton Charge and this past year was named the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year, as voted on by his fellow coaches.

From 2007 to 2011, Jensen served as an assistant to his former college coach Rick Majerus at Saint Louis University. The late Majerus never made it a secret that "Al" was one of his favorite players he ever coached and used to say Jensen was "unselfish to a fault."

Besides playing on Utah's NCAA runner-up team in 1998, Jensen was the Player of the Year in the Mountain West Conference in 1999-2000 when he averaged 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Following his collegiate career, Jensen played seven professional seasons in Turkey, where he was named defender of the year in 2004 and to the All-FIBA Europe Cup first team.

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