Jensen's jersey to be retired Wednesday
Harold Jensen, a Trumbull High graduate who played basketball for the Eagles from 1981-83 before embarking on a career that including winning an NCAA national championship at Villanova University in 1985, will have his THS jersey retired at halftime of Trumbull’s 7 p.m. game with Stamford High on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
Jensen earned a berth on the 1985 NCAA Championship All-Tournament team, following the Wildcats’ 66-64 win over Georgetown University.
For the season, Jensen averaged 4.1 points per game, but he came off the bench in the title game to shoot a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor and hit four clutch free throws in the closing minutes as Villanova defeated the defending champion Hoyas, in what is considered by many to be one of the biggest upsets in sports history.
Jensen built off his surprise sophomore tournament performance to become a starter for his junior and senior seasons.
He led the Wildcats in scoring as a senior (15.9 points per game) and netted second team All-Big East honors.
Jensen also received national recognition as a two-time first team Academic All-American — the first basketball player in Big East and Villanova history to be so honored. At Villanova, he scored 1,155 points and dished out 231 assists.
A Parade All American in 1983, Jensen, who led his Trumbull team to FCIAC titles in 1982-83, was a two-time Class LL All-State and All-FCIAC selection, as well as being the FCIAC Game MVP in 1982-83.
As an Eagle, he scored 1,375 points and was the Hertz No. 1 Male Athlete of the Year in Connecticut 1983.
Jensen was a member/captain of the Team USA team that won a silver medal in youth world championships, Albert Schweitzer Games, Mannheim, Germany, in 1983.
A sixth-round NBA draft pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jensen played one professional season in the United States Basketball League for the Philadelphia Aces.
He then entered a career in business as a marketing executive. Jensen was elected to the Philadelphia Big 5 Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.
He is a member of Villanova Athletic Hall of Fame, Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame and Greater Bridgeport Athletic Association Hall of Fame.