Former Colorado Assistant Jean Prioleau Was Introduced Monday Morning To San Jose State
The 18-year assistant landed his first head coaching job with SJSU
Prioleau outlined his coaching vision to SJSU
Jean Prioleau was introduced as the new San Jose State men’s basketball coach Monday morning.
The former Colorado assistant, who has 18 years of assistant coaching experience, was reportedly announced as SJSU head coach Friday evening.
Prioleau, as well as athletic director Marie Tuite and university president Mary Papazian all spoke at the press conference.
Tuite had a great deal of praise for Prioleau, stating that “[Coach Prioleau] will be a strong leader for this team, program and school.”
“The vision is to graduate our players consistently, and then compete for championships consistently,” Prioleau stated.
“Academically, our four assistants will have three or four players to meet weekly to make sure that they have the right GPA and are moving forward.”
Regarding recruiting, Prioleau seems very dedicated to California, but he ensured that the recruiting trails will extend across the country.
“We will be in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, AAU programs. It will be crucial to us, but that does not mean we will not go out of the state.
Prioleau’s basketball philosophies should also entice SJSU fans. An entertaining style of play should be introduced as early as this fall.
“We will play fast, inside out, and we’re not going to come up and jack three-pointers on every possession. Defense and rebounding wins championships. We will press a little bit to keep the tempo going and play a little zone. We will be a 90% man-to-man defense team.”
As far as why he was attracted to the position, “the weather, diverse community, urban campus all attracted to me to San Jose State,” Prioleau explained.
“I’ve been eyeing this program for a long time and it has a lot to offer. I’m here to try to take this program to the next level.”