Former Northern Illinois wing Abdel Nader is transferring to Iowa State, according to multiple reports.
Friday afternoon Nader sent out the following tweet: “Thanks everyone for the love #cyclones.”
Nader was granted his release from NIU’s men’s basketball program in March. The Skokie native averaged 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds a game for the Huskies this past season, leading the team in both categories.
When Nader was granted his release, NIU coach Mark Montgomery told the Daily Chronicle he needed a new environment.
“I think he needs a fresh start somewhere else. It wasn’t just one thing. I think he’s always had greener pastures in his mind,” Montgomery said. “I just thought it was in the best interests for him and the team that he has a fresh start somewhere else.”
Nader sat out the Huskies’ first seven games because of an unspecified violation of team rules, and missed the team’s final four games because of what Montgomery said at the time were personal and family issues.
Nader is the second NIU player to transfer to Iowa State in recent years. Jake Anderson, the 2008 MAC Freshman of the Year, landed in Ames for his fifth season in 2010-11, averaging 12.8 points a game and leading the Cyclones with 7.2 rebounds a contest.