ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose has been a Michigan man for his entire life. He was born and raised in Detroit and went on to become a legend for the Wolverines basketball team.
But in a segment for ESPN NBA Countdown this week, Rose decided to stir the pot a bit. During one segment, Rose was tasked with naming the all-time Michigan starting five. With so many legendary players to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong.
Unsurprisingly, 60-percent of Rose’s all-time Michigan starting 5 were members of the famed Fab Five: Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, and (naturally) himself. Together with Jimmy King and Ray Jackson, the group made back-to-back NCAA title games, becoming national icons in the process.
But two other Michigan legends also made the cut: Trey Burke and Glen Rice.
Burke became one of Michigan’s best point guards in just two years at Ann Arbor. In the 2012-13 season he set a school record with 260 assists en route to a trip to the NCAA title game.
Rice is one of Michigan’s all-time legends. On top of leading the team to their first-ever NCAA title in 1989, Rice is Michigan’s all-time leading scorer and still holds the records for most points in a season.
Webber was a dominant force in his two years at Michigan. He led the Wolverines in rebounds and blocks twice and once in scoring, and is third all-time in blocks. Webber was a First-Team All-American in 1993 before going No. 1 overall in the 1993 NBA Draft.
Howard played three years at Michigan, putting up his best numbers as a junior in the 1993-94 season. That year he averaged 20.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists for the Wolverines before bowing out in the Elite Eight.
While self-aggrandizing, Rose’s presence on the list isn’t exactly undeserving. He ranks eighth in scoring and tenth in assists in Michigan’s history. On top of that, he led the Wolverines in scoring as a freshman in the 1991-92 season.
What do you think of Jalen Rose’s all-time Michigan starting 5?