Wednesday, Nebraska basketball assistant Matt Abdelmassih agreed to mutually part ways with the Nebraska basketball program. This announcement was made by head coach Fred Hoiberg and confirmed by multiple media reports.
Abdelmassih came to Nebraska with Hoiberg. He was a key part of the Nebraska basketball recruiting efforts, and had a big hand in creating the 2021 class. On his recruiting resume alone, he was able to bring in Bryce McGowens, Ramel Lloyd Junior, and will high breaded bark. He was also able to bring in guys like Keisei Tominaga, Cam Mack, and Eduardo Andre.
He was always able to bring in talent. However to this point, Nebraska basketball hasn’t been able to do anything with it.
This year was particularly trying for the assistant coach, as he had to take a health-related leave of absence at the beginning of December.
Abdelmassih has been a long-time assistant for Hoiberg. He worked with the head coach at Iowa State, and in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It will be intriguing to see what his next move is, as he is one of the top recruiters in college basketball. He should be able to find his footing somewhere else, if he chooses to go that route.
Changes were needed for Nebraska basketball
With that being said, it became clear over the last year that Nebraska basketball needed to make some changes on the coaching staff. Abdelmassih was responsible for a lot of the recruiting for Nebraska basketball, and he was also somebody Hoiberg trusted. This couldn’t have been an easy move for the program to make, for those specific reasons.
This is a big domino to fall for the program, but it may be a necessary change. With the basketball program entering a pivotal fourth season, the program needs to win basketball games. A staff overhaul could be in order, and more changes could be coming.