Born March 1983 in Ogden, Utah ... parents are Arnold and Ruth Jensen ... married Shaylee P. Jensen in April 2004 in the Logan Temple ... started as a young child playing basketball with his parents ... recruited by Stanford, Utah, Weber State ... construction management major.
CAPSULE: Jensen enters his freshman season as the most prized high school recruit from the state of Utah last season ... He earned the 2001 Deseret News Mr. Basketball Award, scoring 25.8 points and pulling down 13 rebounds per game at Fremont High School ... He is a talented offensive player in the low-post who can also score with his jumper ... He played center in high school but could play power forward or the center position in college .... He will likely play center this season and should get the opportunity to play with the loss of 2001 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year Mekeli Wesley in the post.
Jensen earned the 2001 Deseret News Mr. Basketball Award after scoring 25.8 points and pulling down 13 rebounds per game as a senior at Fremont High School ... averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior when he also earned Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News All-State honors ... earned Ogden Standard Examiner All-Area recognition three years and was the Standard Star player four times ... played center in high school as a four-year starter ... named team MVP ... was academic all-state and graduated with highest honors with 3.996 GPA ... coached by Bernie Graziano.
Finished his career as the top Cougar center free-throw shooter (.809) and No. 2 all-time in field goal percentage (.567) ... Jensen made 79 starts over his four-year career and finished his career tied for 15th all-time at BYU with 118 games played ... Finished his career averaging 7.2 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game ... Jensen earned All-MWC Honorable Mention in 2002-03 and MWC Co-Freshman of the Year honors in 2001-02 when he finished first in the Mountain West Conference with a team-leading 59.1 field goal percentage (sixth single-season best percentage in school history) ... Saw his time limited by injuries as a junior, the only season in which he did not average 20 minutes or more per game ... The depth and defense he provided in the post was not always evident on a stat sheet but was demonstrated as BYU went 10-1 in MWC games with Jensen and 0-3 without him during his injury-plagued season ... Scored in double figures 35 times and logged double-digit rebounds four times ... Career highs of 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
CAREER HIGHS: POINTS: 23 vs. Santa Clara (2005) FG MADE: 9 at UNM (2005) FG ATT: 13 vs. UNM at MWC (2005) FG%: 1.000 (6-6) vs. Rice (2003) 3FG MADE: -- 3FG ATT: -- 3FG%: -- FT MADE: 9 vs. SDSU, vs. Santa Clara (2005) FT ATT: 12 vs. SDSU (2005) FT %: 1.000 (9-9) vs. Santa Clara (2005) REB: 10 (four times) last vs. CSU (2005) ASSISTS: 3 at SDSU, at Weber St. (2005) STEALS: 2 (8 times) last vs. Utah (2005) BLOCKS: 2 (four times) MINUTES: 35 vs. NC Stats (2005) JENSEN YEAR-BY-YEAR STATS Year GP-GS Min FG-FGA Pct 3FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off/Def-Tot/Avg 2001-02 30-25 20.0 88-149 .591 0-0 .000 82-97 .845 50/56-106/3.5 2002-03 32-25 21.7 81-141 .574 0-0 .000 77-96 .802 39/66-105/3.3 2003-04 27-8 12.1 30-56 .536 0-0 .000 42-58 .724 20/38-58/2.1 2004-05 29-21 22.5 88-160 .550 0-0 .000 70-84 .833 52/66-118/4.1 PF-FO A/Avg TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg 2001-02 73-3 6/0.2 27 13 18 258/8.6 2002-03 99-6 14/0.4 32 9 8 239/7.5 2003-04 58-1 5/0.2 24 8 2 102/3.8 2004-05 73-0 14/0.5 42 6 17 246/8.5 CAREER GP-GS Min FG-FGA Pct 3FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off/Def-Tot/Avg TOTALS 118-79 19.3 287-506 .567 0-0 .000 271-335 .809 161/226-387/3.3 PF-FO A/Avg TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg 303-10 39/0.3 125 36 45 845/7.2
Jensen was named MWC Co-Freshman of the Year by the league's head coaches along with Wyoming's Jason Straight ... started 25 times while appearing in all 30 games as a true freshman ... finished first in the Mountain West Conference with a team-leading 59.1 field goal percentage, the sixth best percentage in school history ... was fourth on the team in scoring and rebounding at 8.6 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per contest ... averaged 10.2 points per game during league play ... recorded 13 double-figure scoring games, including perhaps the best game of his young career when he scored a career-high 20 points at Air Force, going 6-10 from the floor and 8-9 from the line while adding 7 rebounds and 2 steals ... had 18 points in 21 minutes at Colorado State ... was second on the team in free throw percentage, making 84.5 percent of his 97 attempts ... only top two scorers Travis Hansen and Mark Bigelow made more free throws ... had a career-best free throw percentage twice, including his 8-8 performance at Colorado State ... had his first career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds vs. CS Northridge ... also had a career-best 10 boards vs. Creighton ... led the team with 50 offensive rebounds (1.7 per game) ... averaged 20 minutes per game on the season ... played 20-plus minutes in 15 games ... played a season-high 32 minutes at UC Santa Barbara.
Jensen was All-MWC honorable mention in 2002-03 ... was fourth on the team in scoring (7.5) and fourth in rebounding (3.3) ... had 11 double figure scoring games ... started in 25 games ... had a season-high 19 points at UNM, making a career-best 7 field goals on 10 attempts ... had 18 points in 18 minutes on 6-for-6 shooting vs. Rice (first Cougar in nearly two years to be perfect with at least six attempts - Jake Shoff later went 6-6 vs. Pepperdine) ... scored 7 straight points vs. Rice to give BYU a 13-point lead as part of an 18-1 first-half run that blew open the game ... had his fourth straight double-digit scoring game at ASU and got BYU going early with 10 first-half points ... shot 50 percent or better in all but 8 games ... shot .574 on the year, which is the 13th best single-season percentage in shool history ... had the sixth best mark last year (.591) ... scored 12 points with 6 boards at UNLV, one of the few Cougars to have a good offensive game in Las Vegas ... played a career-low 5 minutes at AFA and did not attempt a field goal for the first time in his career (later had no attempts vs. UNM).
Jensen appeared in 27 of 30 games, with 8 starts, and averaged 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting .536 from the floor and .724 from the line in 12.1 minutes per game ... After missing three games -- all BYU losses -- due to a back sprain he suffered against Wyoming in Provo, Jensen returned and BYU went on a nine-game winning streak to finish the regular season with a second-place MWC placement ... The depth and defense he provided in the post with contributions not always evident on a stat sheet were demonstrated as BYU went 10-1 in MWC games with Jensen suited up and and 0-3 without him ... He made several big buckets with 6 points and 4 rebounds in only eight minutes at UNLV in the regular season finale ... He had 3 points and 2 rebounds in 9 minutes vs. New Mexico and had 6 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist while playing solid defense in only 10 minutes at CSU ... He also played only 10 minutes at Wyoming but hit two key free throws to help stave off a Cowboy run, his first free throw attempts since Jan. 17 vs. CSU ... He went 14-17 (.824) from the line in MWC games ... He missed the first game of his career at Air Force after playing in 78 straight games for BYU, including 58 starts ... In part due to his recovery from an earlier hand injury and then his back, he saw more limited playing time as a junior, logging more than 20 minutes in a game only three times after averaging 20 minutes or better his first two years ... He played 22 minutes vs. CSU in Provo, scoring 8 points and equaling a career high with a game-high 10 rebounds ... He reached double-digit points at Utah State with 10 points.
On the season he led the team in field goal percentage, shooting .550 from the floor, and free throw percentage, making .833 from the line ... He ranked fourth in the MWC from the line and seventh from the field ... Third on the team averaging 8.5 points per game ... Scored in double figures 12 times on the season and recorded double-digit rebounds once ... Led the team in steals five times and rebounds four times ... Scored a team-leading 19 points and 6 rebounds in final game vs. UNM at the MWC Tournament ... Added 12 points and a team-high 8 rebounds against UNLV ... Made a career-best 9 field goals (9-of-10 shooting) to score 20 points in 21 minutes at UNM despite not being 100 percent (missed practice during the week with the flu), adding 5 rebounds ... Had 3 points and 3 rebounds against Colorado State as key spark off the bench in 17 minutes ... Did not play by coach's decision for the first time in his career vs. New Mexico (he missed three games as a junior due to injury) ... One point shy of a double-double at CSU while tying career-high 10 rebounds ... Led the team with 16 points against MSU-Billings and recorded 7 rebounds ... Also grabbed 7 rebounds in two prior games vs. San Diego State and at Saint Mary's ... Scored career-high 23 points, going 7-of-9 from the floor and a career-best 9-for-9 (9 FTs also tied career-most) at the line while tying a season-high 5 rebounds vs. Santa Clara ... Totaled 16 points at Weber State while going 8-for-11 from the floor and tying his career high of 3 assists ... Scored 14 points vs. NC State playing a career-high 35 minutes ... Did not start against Utah State due to illness (food poisoning) but played 10 minutes going 2-for-2 from the floor ... Recorded 13 points, going 7-for-8 from the free-throw line while posting five rebounds against Boise State ... Scored 12 points in 34 minutes vs. Cal ... Averaged team-leading 11.7 points at the Maui Invitational ... Led all players at the Maui Invitational with a .864 field goal percentage, going 13-19 in three games.