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Report: Utah Jazz assistant, former Ute Alex Jensen to interview for Utah head coaching position

20170706 Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) listens to Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen as the Utah Jazz and the Philadelphia 76ers play in Summer League action in the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
FILE: Utah Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen, shown here talking to Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell in a 2017 Summer League game, is reportedly interviewing for the head coaching position at his alma mater, the University of Utah, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Alex Jensen, the former Utah Utes star who’s been a Utah Jazz assistant for nearly a decade, is widely seen as a strong candidate for the vacant University of Utah basketball coaching position.

Now, Stadium college basketball expert Jeff Goodman is reporting that Jensen will formally interview for the position with Utah athletic director Mark Harlan.

Goodman also reported that two others who have been widely discussed are “in the mix” for the Utah job — Utah State’s Craig Smith, a hot name in the coaching carousel, and former Utes and Jazz assistant Johnnie Bryant, who’s now with the New York Knicks.

Jensen joined the Jazz organization in 2013 as an assistant coach. The Viewmont High product played at Utah in the 1990s, and after a playing career overseas, he joined former Utes coach Rick Majerus as an assistant at Saint Louis for four years. He then coached the Canton Charge in the NBA D-League (now the G League), winning the league’s Coach of the Year award in 2013.

Goodman said multiple NBA personnel he talked with raved about Jensen’s potential as a college head coach. “Home run hire if he wants it,” one person told Goodman.