Trumbull High basketball great Jensen honored at halftime

Former Trumbull High School standout Harold Jensen was honored during halftime of tonight's boys basketball game against Stamford High School.

"I was completely blown away by all of this," said Jensen after the ceremony. "I was shocked when Coach Bray called me and told me about it. It was a night I'll never forget, that's for sure."

During a 10-minute ceremony at center court of the Trumbull High School gymnasium, Jensen was surrounded by his family and the THS coaching staff.

"This was a nice night and it really worked out well," Trumbull head coach Buddy Bray said. "I am really happy for the kids. I felt like there was some added pressure on the kids with the retiring of Harold's jersey. We didn't want to let him down. This was a long overdue ceremony. To see him, his family and his twins was great. It seemed like a real family atmosphere tonight."

With the Eagles' varsity basketball team still on the bench to witness the ceremony, Jensen was given two photo collages and his framed road black and gold jersey with the familiar No. 32 and his name above the numbers.

Jensen's home white jersey also is in a frame, but it's not leaving the high school. That retired jersey will be on display on the wall above the basket closest to the entrance of the gymnasium.

"It's unbelievable," Jensen said. "It's hard to fathom right now. It's so special. This is a town that I will always call home and it's just an incredible feeling. It's such an honor."

Jensen played for the Eagles from 1981-83 and led his Trumbull team to the FCIAC titles in 1982-83. He was selected as the FCIAC Game Most Valuable Players, was a two-time class LL All-State and All-FCIAC selection and finished his tenure with 1,375 points.

In addition, he was named the Hertz No. 1 Male Athlete of the Year in Connecticut in 1983.

"We competed and had some great seasons, but I never would think about something like this," Jensen said. "You're just playing and trying to do the best you can and this is a result of some good coaching, hard work and some great teammates. To me, this is for everybody tonight that I played with."

After his playing career at Trumbull High ended, Jensen moved onto Villanova, where he helped lead the Wildcats to the 1985 NCAA Championship by beating Georgetown University 66-64. He was named to the 1985 NCAA Championship All-Tournament team that season as well.

During his senior year at Villanova, he led the Wildcats by scoring 15.9 points per game.

Sitting close to the action during Wednesday night's game against Stamford, Jensen said that there were a lot of similarities between this year's team and the team that he played with at THS.

"I think the energy here and the crowd in this building is something I will always remember," Jensen said. "This group of kids play hard. They share the ball well. That's what my teams did. We played well together and that was a big part of our success. It's really nice to see that with this team as well."