Abdel Nader is “grateful” to be a Cyclone

The power of a second chance…Never doubt it.

Fred Hoiberg has been handing out second chances ever since he became Iowa State’s head basketball coach just over three years ago. Hoiberg dispersed of another one on Friday when Abdel Nader, a 6-foot-8 transfer from Northern Illinois, pledged his commitment to the Cyclones. 

“To me, it is a fresh start,” Nader told Cyclone Fanatic. “Not many people get a second chance. I am really grateful and I am going to take advantage of it.” 

Nader, who will sit out next season and have two seasons of eligibility after that, averaged 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season at Northern Illinois. To him, the pressure is on to make the most of his time in Ames. 

“It is a deal where you don’t want to let them down,” said Nader. “He basically gave me my life back. I felt an instant connection with Coach Fred from the first day that I met him. I feel like I’ve known him my whole life. He’s a great guy.” 

Assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih was Iowa State’s primary recruiter for Nader.

Nader officially visited Iowa State earlier this week. While on campus, he was shown highlight packages of Will Clyburn’s senior season. Like Clyburn, Nader is a versatile basketball prospect that can play multiple positions.

“I think that is the thing that attracted them the most,” said Nader. “They showed me clips of him (Clyburn) and plays that they would run for me. It fit me perfectly.”

As for Iowa State’s up-tempo system…

“I am the type of player who likes to get out and run. I am the type of player who likes to score a lot of points. Who wouldn’t want to play in a system like that you know?”

Nader said that he plans to sign a financial aid agreement with Iowa State in the coming days.

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Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.