According to a report, Northern Illinois sophomore guard Abdel Nader will transfer from the university.
The news of Nader’s transfer is not very good for the Huskies considering he has been the team’s leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. In 2011-12, Nader averaged a team-high 10.4 points per game, yes that was a team-high. Nader then improved on that number in 2012-13, raising his average to 13.1 on the offensive end. Nader also averaged 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
Once again however, the Huskies struggled.
After a 5-26 season in Nader’s freshman season, the Huskies went 5-25 here in 2012-13. The near identical records add up to a grand total of 10-51 over the course of the Nader’s career. Now given all of Northern Illinois’ struggles even with Nader on the court, it’s tough to think about things looking ahead to next season.
As for the 6-foot-7 wing’s decision, the news was first tweeted by Cavan Walsh of Chicagohoops.com:
Sophmore Abdel Nader from NIU is transferring was the Huskies leading scorer both years there – will have 2 years left….
— Cavan Walsh (@cavwalsh) March 28, 2013
There is no update on Nader outside of the news of his decision to transfer.
For Northern Illinois it’s even more a difficult situation to rebuild now. Head coach Mark Montgomery, who was an assistant coach under Tom Izzo at Michigan State, must figure things out or at least get them trending in a positive direction heading into his third year as head coach.
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