McDermott Selects Jean Prioleau

Jean Prioleau (Jhawn PRE-low), a former assistant coach at Marquette and Wichita State, fills out Iowa State's final spot on its coaching staff, ISU head coach Greg McDermott announced today.

"When I was formulating a group of coaches to hire at Iowa State, Jean was one of the first names I had in mind," McDermott said. "I have a lot of respect for the two coaches he assisted under last (Mark Turgeon, Wichita State, Tom Crean, Marquette) and they had nothing but praise for Jean. We are elated to have him on staff."

Prioleau spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant for Marquette, helping guide the Golden Eagles to a 20-11 record and a NCAA Tournament berth. MU tied for fourth in the Big East (10-6) and posted three wins over ranked opponents, including a 94-79 victory over UConn, in his only season in Milwaukee.

A native of Teaneck, N.J., Prioleau assisted at Wichita State for five seasons (2000-05) before his stint at Marquette. Prioleau was instrumental in WSU's resurgence on the national collegiate basketball scene. The Shockers qualified for three consecutive NIT tournaments in his final three seasons (2003-05) at WSU, helping the Shockers achieve a 22-10 mark and a second place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2005. Prioleau's efforts on the recruiting trail were key components to WSU's success. He helped corral some of the best recruiting classes in school history in his time in Wichita. A couple of star Shockers that Prioleau helped sign with WSU were Jamar Howard, a three-time all-MVC selection, and Paul Miller, a 2006 honorable mention All-American. He also helped recruit Colorado Player of the Year Sean Ogirri to Wichita.

In 1999-2000, Prioleau was an assistant coach at Fordham, his alma mater, following an eight-year professional basketball career. After his graduation with a B.S. in Physics from Fordham in 1992, Prioleau played professionally for the Long Island Surf of the USBL and then attended the Indiana Pacers Rookie/Free Summer League. He was then invited to the Indiana Pacers' veteran camp and was the last cut made by the Pacers one day before the start of the season. 

In 1992-93, Prioleau played for Yakima of the CBA before returning to the Surf in the summer of 1993. Following his second stint with the Surf, Prioleau was invited back to the Pacers' veteran camp before eventually playing for Grand Rapids and Sioux Falls of the CBA in 1993-94.  Following his second stop in the CBA, Prioleau returned to Long Island and played with the Surf and on the New Jersey Nets summer league team. At the conclusion of Nets summer league play, he signed with a professional team in Switzerland for the 1994-95 season.  In the fall of 1995, Prioleau was invited to the New York Knicks' veteran camp and again was the final cut made prior to the beginning of the season. Prioleau returned to Europe where he played professionally in Turkey in 1995-96, and then spent his last two years professionally in Italy playing for Sicc BPA Jesi. 

A four-year standout at Fordham from 1988 to 1992, Prioleau graduated as the fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,442 points, while his 453 assists and 251 career steals were second best on the all-time list. He helped the 1990-91 and the 1991-92 teams to Patriot League titles, hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer in the 1992 championship game to give the Rams an 84-81 win. With the Patriot League title, the 1992 squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament, Fordham's first appearance in the tournament since the 1970-71 season. The 1990-91 team finished the year with a 25-8 record, the second most wins in Fordham history, and advanced to the NIT where Prioleau was the team's second leading scorer with a 14.2 ppg average. Prioleau was also a member of the 1989-90 team that went 20-13 and advanced to the second round of the NIT.

Prioleau was named second-team all-Patriot League as a junior and senior and was a 1991 Patriot League All-Tournament Team member. As a freshman, Prioleau was an unanimous choice Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Rookie honors in 1988-89. He is best known for his buzzer-beating three-pointers, hitting three as a junior against Seton Hall, Lehigh and Holy Cross in the Patriot League championship game.  A graduate of Teaneck High School in Teaneck, N.J., Prioleau was third-team all-state, first-team all-league and All-Bergen County pick as a prep.


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