March 22, 2017 | General Latest News Press
On the road to March Madness this season, Kent State University basketball teammates Jalen Avery and Jaylin Walker faced Jalen Jenkins of George Mason University, Wofford College’s Jaylen Allen and, twice, Jaylen Key of Northern Illinois University.
“I always had another Jalen on my team,” said Mr. Walker, a 19-year-old freshman, “ever since, like, elementary school.”
The name Jalen is on the rise in college sports, particularly basketball. That is because thousands of babies born during the 1990s heyday of Jalen Rose, the “Fab Five” University of Michigan star and midtier NBA player, are reaching adulthood.
This year there are 65 Jalens, Jaylens, Jaylans and other versions of the name on Division I basketball teams, up from 58 last year. Six years ago, there were just four.
February 6, 2017 | General Latest News Press
The former Fab Five member of University of Michigan basketball fame will play the lead role in a comedy pilot for ABC called “Jalen Vs. Everybody.”
And, yes, the title certainly sounds like a nod to Rose’s hometown, which appears in the slogan of the “Detroit Vs Everybody” clothing brand.
Variety reports that Rose, a former NBA player and current ESPN star, will portray a single dad balancing career and parenting demands.
The pilot was written by Nahnatchka Kham of the ABC sitcom “Fresh off the Boat,” which previously featured a guest appearance by Rose.
Rose hosts the ESPN pre-game show “NBA Countdown.” He joined the cable sports network in 2007 and also is an NBA analyst for ESPN programs like “SportsCenter” and co-hosts ESPN Radio’s “Jalen & Jacoby” show.
He’s the author of the 2015 book “Gotta Give The People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions From Center Court.”
Rose will be an executive producer of “Jalen vs. Everybody,” which will vie for a spot on the networks 2017-2018 lineup.