Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player and current sports analyst with ABC/ESPN. In college, he was a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines’ “Fab Five” (along with Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson) that reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship games as both freshmen and sophomores. Rose played in the NBA for six teams, most notably alongside Reggie Miller on the Indiana Pacers teams that made three consecutive Eastern Conference finals, including the 2000 NBA Finals.
Rose attended the University of Michigan where the Wolverines reached two NCAA Finals games in 1992 and 1993, finishing as national runners up both times. Rose was a part of Wolverines coach Steve Fisher’s legendary 1991 recruiting class, dubbed the “Fab Five”. He led the Fab Five in scoring his freshman year, averaging 19 points per game, and set the school freshman scoring record with 597 total points. Aside from being the most outspoken of the Fab Five, Rose was also their point guard and leader. With not winning a NCAA title, he racked up over 1700 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists, and 100 steals.
Rose played for six different NBA teams, forging a solid pro career after skipping his senior season at Michigan. He was selected 13th overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 1994 NBA draft. After two years with Denver, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers, along with Reggie Williams and a future first round draft pick, for Mark Jackson, Ricky Pierce, and a 1st round draft pick. Over the course of his 13-year NBA career, Rose earned more than $100,000,000 in salary compensation.
Rose currently serves as the official ambassador and spokesperson for the National Basketball Retired Players Association.
Career highlights and awards
NBA Most Improved Player (2000)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1995)
Consensus second-team All-American (1994)