Matt Abdelmassih

Matt Abdelmassih worked for Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State. Now he'll reunite with him at Nebraska after serving as an assistant coach at St. John's.

LINCOLN — Fred Hoiberg has officially begun to assemble his staff at Nebraska.

Matt Abdelmassih and Charlie Henry, both of whom were on Hoiberg’s staff at Iowa State, will be heading to Lincoln, Abdelmassih confirmed in a text Monday.

Abdelmassih will be an assistant coach. He said he wasn’t sure if Henry would be an assistant or on the operations side.

With Hoiberg at Iowa State, Abdelmassih and Henry helped the program reach four straight NCAA tournaments and win two straight Big 12 tournaments.

Abdelmassih is a key get for Hoiberg. He is known as one of the top recruiters in college basketball. Abdelmassih, who is leaving an assistant job at St. John’s, was instrumental at ISU in recruiting DeAndre Kane and Royce White, two program changers.

Kane transferred from Marshall and started all 36 games in Iowa State’s 2013-14 season. Kane averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. White transferred from Minnesota and averaged 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists during the 2011-12 season.

Henry is leaving his job as the head coach of the Windy City Bulls, Chicago’s G League team. Henry was an assistant at Iowa State under Hoiberg for the 2014-15 season, after spending a season as the director of player personnel. He followed Hoiberg to Chicago, and will again to Lincoln.

Hoiberg will be formally introduced as Nebraska’s next head coach at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

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Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email:

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