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Jean Prioleau

434282.jpeg Jean Prioleau is on the men's basketball coaching staff at Marquette University.

“We are very excited to hire someone of Jean's character, extensive playing background and coaching ability,” said Crean. “He comes highly recommended from people that I respect, that know the game and recognize what an outstanding young coach looks like.”

“In spending time with him I was most impressed by his loyalty to the people he has worked for and his passion for the game. His ability to teach and direct young men in all aspects of the game and life will help ease the transition of losing such a quality man and coach as Bo Ellis,” Crean said.

Prioleau joins the Golden Eagles' staff having served in a similar capacity at Wichita State since April 2000.

Prior to joining the WSU staff, he spent the 1999-20000 season as an assistant coach at Fordham 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 Yakim 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 going on to play 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 the past two years 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 his 251 career steals are second best on the all-time list. He helped the 1990-91 and the 1991-92 teams to the Patriot League championship, hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer in the 1991 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 also named to the 1991 Patriot League All-Tournament Team. As a freshman, Prioleau was named a unanimous Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Rookie pick 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 a Third Team all- State as well as a First Team All-League and All-Bergen County pick in high school.


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