Ex-Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose to join ESPN's hoops version of 'College GameDay'
Jalen Rose's career as a basketball analyst is about to take a leap forward.
ESPN announced Monday that the former Michigan basketball star will become part of the network's hoops version of "College GameDay" next season.
Rose will replace former analyst Hubert Davis, and will join the already formed crew of Rece Davis, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas for the program next season.
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“I’m eager to join College GameDay with Rece, Digger, Jay, and the amazing fans across the country," Rose said in a statement. "Calling games courtside feeling the spirit and electricity of the crowd plus hearing the gym squeak will be a treat.”
Rose has been part of ESPN's NBA coverage since 2007, mainly serving as a "studio analyst" during that time.
Last season, he was part of an ESPN broadcasting team that called Michigan's 72-62 win at Illinois in March. Next season, he'll be joining the same national "GameDay" program that made an appearance in Crisler Center prior to the team's 56-51 win over Ohio State in February.
“Jalen’s NBA analysis has been insightful and engaging and that style will translate to the college game," ESPN senior vice president and executive producer Mark Gross said in a statement, "where he’s remained closely connected since the ‘Fab Five’ days.”
Prior to his 13-year NBA career, Rose was part of Michigan's famed Fab Five recruiting class. Rose set the school's freshman scoring record in 1991-92 with 597 points (17.6 per game).
An All-American in 1993-94, Rose finished his three-year career with a scoring average of 17.5 points per game. He added 4.7 rebounds per game and 3.9 assists per contest.
Recently, Rose has been critical of the university for its decision to keep the program's vacated 1992 and 1993 Final Four banners in storage. The banners were removed in the wake of the Ed Martin scandal.
The program's disassociation period from Rose's Fab Five teammate, Chris Webber, ends in May of 2013.