Lorenzo Neely has been a member of head coach David Greer's Wayne State coaching staff since the fall of 2005 and served a prior stint during the 2002-03 season. The 2016-17 campaign was Neely’s 13th season on the Warrior coaching staff.
Neely has been an assistant coach on the collegiate level for the past 20 years.
He gained his first college assignment as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan during the 1996-97 season. He remained at his alma mater for two years (1996-98), helping the Eagles enjoy two 20-win seasons while making an appearance in the 1998 NCAA Tournament, after claiming the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship. The Eagles went 23-10 and were MAC runners-up during the 1996-97 campaign. While there, Neely coached and mentored several future NBA and professional over seas players such as Earl Boykins, Derrick Dial, James Head and a host of others.
He then moved to Ann Arbor, where he was an assistant at the University of Michigan for two seasons, including an NIT campaign in 2000. He spent the following two years (2000-02) at Western Michigan and the 2002-03 season at Wayne State.
Neely departed Wayne State following the conclusion of the 2002-03 campaign when he was named assistant coach at University of California-Berkeley (2003-04) re-joining his college coach. Although time spent at California-Berkeley was brief, the Golden Bears enjoyed a "Top 5" recruiting class in the country.
Having a wealth of experience with coaching stints in the PAC-12, Big Ten and Mid-American conferences, Neely continues to be totally immersed in all aspects of the Warrior program. A few areas of emphasis include skill development, scouting, evaluation, game preparation and recruiting. He also has been heavily involved in other important areas of building a complete program – academic liaison, housing liaison, budgeting, traveling, scheduling and public relations.
He has been a vital key factor in every collegiate program that he has been associated with. Rather it be program building, coaching, academics, recruitment and development of a number of EMU's top contributors, U of M’s LaVell Blanchard (Big Ten Freshman of the Year, 1999 Gatorade National Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American), Jamal Crawford (NBA), Lou Bullock (Overseas), WMU’s Been Reed (2002 MAC Freshman of the Year and 2004 MAC Player of the Year), Mike Williams, and numerous more.
Success is nothing new to Neely as he was a standout basketball player in his own right. The 1987 Detroit Northern High graduate continued his basketball success while becoming one of the best players in Eastern Michigan history. The 5-11 Neely was a four-year letterwinner for the Hurons/Eagles from 1987-1991. He finished his career as the fourth-leading scorer in school history with 1,528 points and all-time leader in assists with 521. During his tenure as a player, the Eagles posted a cumulative 84-40 mark and set a school record with 26 wins in 1991.
Neely was inducted into the EMU E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
As a freshman in 1987-88, he helped his team to its first MAC championship and NCAA Tournament. In 1990-91 as a senior, he helped EMU to another conference title, as well as their only NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in school history with wins over Mississippi State and Penn State in the tournament.
The 1987-88 MAC Freshman of the Year, Neely was selected first team All-MAC as a senior and second team all-league his junior season. He paced the Eagles in scoring in 1988-89 with 13.1 ppg, and again in 1989-90 at 13.4 ppg.
After graduating, Neely participated in training camps with the NBA's Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers before taking his first coaching position as associate head coach and head junior varsity coach at Redford High School in Detroit from 1992-95.
Neely, a Detroit native received his bachelor's degree in communications and business management from Eastern Michigan in 1991. He and his wife, Tina, have one daughter, Raven and one son, Lincoln.
E.J. Haralson is in his 14th season as an assistant men's basketball coach at Wayne State during the 2016-17 academic year.
Haralson helped guide the Warriors to a share of the GLIAC North Division title in 2012-13 and an NCAA Tournament appearance. After helping the Warriors to a 22-8 record and the 2011 GLIAC tournament championship, coach Haralson aided WSU's 18-9 mark in 2011-12 even though the squad lost the conference pre-season player of the year six games into the campaign.
Harlason has a hand in just about every aspect of the WSU program. On the court, he works with the guards as well as scouting and recruiting. Off the court, he is responsible for coordinating team and individual camps, organizing community service projects, and helping to monitor the academic progress of the players.
He joined the Warriors' men's basketball program in October 2003. Prior to coaching at Wayne State, he was a coach at Finney High School for four years spending two years as an assistant coach and the last two years as a head coach. As head coach of the Finney Highlanders, Haralson guided his team to the first Public School League title in the schools’ history, as well as a district and regional championship.
Haralson was selected as Detroit Public School League Coach of the Year, and was awarded the FHS Outstanding Achievement Award in 2002-03. Haralson had five of his seniors continue to play basketball on the collegiate level (University of Detroit Mercy, Purdue University, Pittsburg State, and Dodge City Community College).
He began his collegiate playing career at Mott Community College from 1994-96, where he was a National Junior College All-American and MVP of Region XII (Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio). After MCC, Haralson moved on to Detroit Mercy from 1996-98. He was named the team's top newcomer in 1997 and served as a team co-captain during the 1997-98 season. Haralson finished his career at the University of Detroit by helping lead his team to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1979 and advancing to the second round by defeating St. Johns University.
Haralson earned his bachelor's of science degree in computer information systems from the University of Detroit and a master's in sports administration from Wayne State in 2009.
Haralson is married to Tonya (Smoot), a former basketball player at Miami University. E.J. has one son, E.J., who is a member of the WSU men's basketball squad.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Cole Prophet joined the WSU men's basketball coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.
Career Notes: Despite playing only two seasons for the Green and Gold, ranks 15th in WSU history with 207 assists, sixth in both assists per game (3.9) and minutes played per game (34.3), 18th in three-pointers made with 69, 23rd in free throw percentage (76.7), tied-for-28th in games started (53), 31st in steals per game (1.2), tied-for-36th in steals (64), and 40th in minutes played (1,817) ... scored 596 points which ranks 64th in Warrior history ... only the fifth player in school history with at least 570 points, 200 assists, 60 three-pointers made and 64 steals and only the second player to accomplish this in two seasons (Kris Krzyminski) ... during his four-year collegiate career, Prophet totaled 1,303 points, 484 assists, 159 steals and 149 three-pointers ... scored in double figures 73 times (all four years combined) along with nine games of at least 20 points.
2012-13: Voted to the All-GLIAC Second Team as well as the GLIAC All-Defensive Squad ... started all 27 games ... recorded 20 points and was 3-of-5 on three-pointers vs. Lewis (11/19) ... posted 10 points and a season-best six assists at Tiffin (11/29) ... tallied 16 points at Ohio Dominican (12/1) ... scored in double-digits for fourth straight game by notching 11 points vs. Ashland (12/5) ... had four rebounds vs. Lake Erie (12/9), while dishing out five assists ... totaled 19 points and four assists vs. Drury (12/15) ... equaled a season-best with six assists at Malone (12/19) ... scored 16 points and had three steals vs. Hillsdale (1/3) ... garnered 13 points in win over #24-Findlay and was 5-6 from the foul line ... recorded 15 points and five assists in win over Northwood (1/10) ... tallied 10 points and five assists against Saginaw Valley (1/12) ... posted 15 points and six assists, along with five rebounds in win at Michigan Tech (1/17) ... had five-game double digit scoring streak end at Northern Michigan (1/19) with eight points and four assists ... notched 17 points, six assists and four steals at Ferris State (1/24), while playing a career-high 50 minutes ... recorded a triple for the fourth straight game in Bulldog contest ... totaled nine points, tied a career-best with seven rebounds and dished out four assists in win over Grand Valley (1/26) ... scored 18 points and dished out four assists vs. Lake Superior (2/2) ... had eight points and six assists at NU (2/7) ... posted 17 points and three steals at SVSU (2/9) ... tallied 12 points and five assists vs. MTU (2/14) ... garnered five assists and a career-best five steals against NMU (2/16) ... recorded three steals against FSU (2/21) ... totaled 11 points in win at GVSU (2/23) ... notched 14 points and five assists at Walsh (2/27) ... scored a team-high 16 points at LSSU (3/2) along with five assists and three steals ... dished out a team-best four assists against LSSU (3/6) ... scored 18 points in NCAA playoff game against Southern Indiana (3/16) including three triples ... made a three-pointer in 19 games ... selected to the Preseason All-GLIAC North Division Second Team by the league's head coaches ... helped WSU finish 12th in the country in fewest turnovers per game and 19th nationally in turnover margin ... ranked 41st in NCAA Division II in assist/turnover ratio (2.08) ... led the squad in three-pointers made (34), assists and minutes played and was second in steals and free throws made ... tied for the team lead in free throw percentage.
Pts. - 20 vs. Lewis (11/19)
FGM - 7 (2x) Most Recently at Walsh, 2/27
3FG - 3 (5x) Most Recently vs. Southern Indiana, 3/16
FTM - 7 (2x) Most Recently vs. Grand Valley, 1/26 (TIED CAREER-HIGH)
Reb. - 7 vs. Grand Valley, 1/26 (TIED CAREER-HIGH)
Ast. - 6 (5x) Most Recently at Northwood, 2/7
Stl. - 5 vs. Northern Michigan, 2/16
Blk. - N/A
Min. - 50 at Ferris State, 1/24 (CAREER HIGH)
Double Figures - 18 times; 20+ points - Once
2011-12: Started all 26 games played, scoring in double figures 17 times ... ranks fourth in the GLIAC in assists (4.0 apg), and 11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) ... played 37 minutes in Warrior debut vs. #1-Bellarmine (11/17) scoring 16 points, grabbing a season-best four rebounds and dishing out three assists ... recorded six points and nine assists in 29 minutes vs. Marygrove (11/21) ... tallied 14 points and three rebounds vs. Northeastern State (11/25) ... shot 4-for-8 and scored 10 points with three assists at Drury (11/26) ... named to the Drury Classic All-Tournament Team ... scored 12 points at Lake Erie (12/1) ... recorded 15 points in win at Ashland (12/3) ... finished with 10 points and four assists vs. Saginaw Valley (12/8) ... tallied 15 points and five assists against Ohio Dominican (12/15) ... scored a season-high 26 points (8 FGM, 4-3PT, 6-7 FT) in win over Tiffin ... averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 assists and two steals in the two home court victories to earn GLIAC South Division Player of the Week (12/19) ... recorded nine points and three assists at Wisconsin-Parkside (12/29) ... scored a team-high 11 points with three assists at Lewis (12/31) ... tallied 17 points at Hillsdale (1/5) ... recorded first double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 assists against HC (1/12) ... made four triples at TU (1/19) and totaled 16 points along with four assists [made four three-pointers each game against the Dragons] ... scored 11 points vs. AU (1/26) ... recorded six points and six assists vs. LEC (1/28) ... dished out five assists at Northern Michigan (2/2) ... scored 13 points and had three steals at Michigan Tech (2/4) ... had four assists vs. Northwood (2/11) ... tallied 15 points and four assists against Ferris State (2/16) ... recorded 11 points and four assists vs. Grand Valley (2/18) ... garnered 13 points and six assists at Lake Superior (2/23) ... scored five points vs. NU (2/29) in 10 minutes before missing the rest of the game due to an injury.
Pts. - 26 vs. Tiffin, 12/17
FGM - 8 vs. Tiffin, 12/17
3FG - 4 (2x) Most Recently at Tiffin, 1/19 (TIED CAREER-HIGH)
FTM - 6 vs. Tiffin, 12/17
Reb. - 4 vs. Bellarmine, 11/17
Ast. - 10 vs. Hillsdale, 1/12
Stl. - 3 (2x) Most Recently at Michigan Tech, 2/4
Blk. - 1 (3x) Most Recently at Lake Superior, 2/23 (TIED CAREER-HIGH)
Min. - 45 vs. Northeastern State, 11/25
Double Figures - 17 times, 20+ point game - Once
Pre-WSU: Spent two years (2008-09 and 2009-10) at Central State University ... selected to the 2010 All-Independent Second Team ... helped the Marauders to a 19-8 mark in 2008-09 and a berth in the NCAA Midwest Regional tournament ... named to the 2009 All-Independent Freshman Team.
Pts. - 26 vs. Talledega, 12/5
FGM - NA
3FG - NA
FTM - NA
Reb. - 6 at Saint Joseph's, 12/14
Ast. - 8 vs. Marygrove, 12/4
Stl. - N/A
Blk. - N/A
Min. - N/A
Double Figures - 18 times, 20+ point games - Twice
Pts. - 28 at Florida Tech, 12/20 (CAREER HIGH)
FGM - 10 at Florida Tech, 12/20 (CAREER HIGH)
3FG - 4 at Florida Tech, 12/20 (TIED CAREER-HIGH)
FTM - 7 (2x) Most Recently vs. Urbana, 2/18 (TIED CAREER-HIGH)
Reb. - 7 vs. Kentucky State, 2/14 (TIED CAREER-HIGH)
Ast. - 14 at Florida Tech, 12/20 (CAREER HIGH)
Stl. - 7 vs. Talladega College, 11/29 (CAREER HIGH)
Blk. - 1 (2x) Most Recently at Urbana, 2/10 (TIED CAREER-HIGH)
Min. - 45 vs. Talladega College, 11/29
Double Figures - 20 times, 20+ point games -- Five times
High School: A 2008 graduate of Sandusky High School ... was a three-year letterwinner for the Blue Streaks ... earned All-league honors twice for coach Steve Keller, and was a 2008 Ohio Division I Special Mention all-state selection ... set SHS school record with 15 assists in one game ... also scored 44 points in another contest ... finished his high school career with 839 points ... averaged 22.5 points and eight assists per game as a senior ... served as a basketball team captain ... was named one of the top 5 all-time Little Big Men in Ohio High School Basketball.
Personal: Full name--Cole N. Prophet ... born March 16, 1989, in Sandusky, Ohio ... son of James and Marla Moore ... has two brothers, Jason and Deantae Prophet, and two sisters, Chasity and Brittney ... is an education major.
Lawrence Jhons joined the men's basketball staff as team manager for the 2013-14 season and will serve in the same capacity for the 2016-17 campaign.
George Williams will be serving as a men's basketball team manager during the 2016-17 season.
A 2013 graduate of Oak Park High School, Williams is the son of Pamela Willia