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Posted on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 : 12:46 p.m.

Former Michigan basketball player Jalen Rose interested in coaching someday

By Michael Rothstein

Jalen Rose has enjoyed his second career as a television analyst and commentator.

He'll spend the next two months covering the NBA playoffs for ESPN, but at some point in the next three to five years, Rose said he foresees leaving television behind and jumping into a role as a college basketball coach.

“I will coach one day,” Rose said. “Yes, I absolutely will coach one day. That’s 100 percent going to happen. I want to coach on the college level. I want to be an executive on the NBA level and be a coach on the college level.”


Michigan's Jalen Rose, right, works against Duke's Bobby Hurley during the 1992 NCAA championship game.

Ann Arbor News file photo

Rose has coached various teams for Team Michigan AAU and starred at Michigan as one of the Fab Five.

Rose, 37, tweeted earlier this month he’d be interested in coaching and recruiting, but wasn't a candidate for the Michigan assistant coach job that went to Bacari Alexander last week. 

That said, he really likes John Beilein as a coach. He hasn’t been thrilled, though, with Michigan’s recruiting.

“I think he, his system, his demeanor, his attitude, his ability to rally the troops and get the best out of his players has been fantastic,” Rose said. “I can’t say anything about him as a coach that’s a negative. But the one thing that Michigan has not done since the late 90’s, and it’s just a fact, we’ve been terrible at recruiting.

“As an alumnus, as a former player, as somebody who follows the college basketball game like he follows the NBA game and someone who was a diaper dandy All-American, I am tired of looking at these lists of blue-chippers in these All-American games and none of these players are going to Michigan.”

Michigan hasn’t had a McDonald’s All American since Daniel Horton in 2002.

Rose has known Alexander, since high school. They weren’t teammates at Detroit Southwestern, but both played under former coach Perry Watson.

When Alexander was following Rose at Southwestern, Michigan was the top program in the state - something Alexander remembers.

“Any time you grow up in the state of Michigan, and I know that it’s been different in recent years with the success of Michigan State, you realize it’s a Wolverine state,” Alexander said Saturday when he was hired. “So for me, the Michigan opportunity is a dream job.”

It’s also another connection to Rose, who played against another Michigan assistant coach, Mike Jackson, in middle school.

Because of the Southwestern connection, Rose and Alexander occasionally stay in touch, although he said he hadn’t spoken with Alexander since the assistant position opened.

He called the hiring of Alexander “a very good fit.”

“I haven’t talked to him since the entire scenario went down from when John decided he was going to replace assistants to he decided who he was going to hire,” Rose said. “I was entirely hands-off during the entire process.

“I was just excited to hear that Bacari was chosen.”

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein.



Wed, Apr 28, 2010 : 10:15 p.m.

Jalen Who? I thought his name was supposed to be erased from the record books.


Wed, Apr 28, 2010 : 3:28 p.m.

What a joke the Flop Five was.