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Can Fred Hoiberg be the Answer for Nebraska?

Can Fred Hoiberg be the Answer for Nebraska?

Fred Hoiberg Background

Hoiberg has the diverse experience of working in the NBA and in college basketball. He has experience as an executive with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2006-2010 and as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 2015-2019. The NBA experience gives him an advantage on the recruiting trail as he knows what it takes for players to get to the next level. Also, his experience at Iowa State, his alma mater, gave him great success from 2010-2015 going 115-56 with him getting to the NCAA tournament in four straight seasons from 2011-2015. His overall experience in the NBA and college basketball makes him a great fit at Nebraska.

Immediate Goal

The goal for Hoiberg immediately is to start bringing in transfers from all over the country, in order to build a capable roster as soon as possible. During his time at Iowa State, no one brought in transfers at a more efficient clip than Hoiberg. At Nebraska, that goal is remaining the same as they have added five transfers in the spring. This roster is going to look completely different than the year before, as they return only one player from the previous team. Nebraska needs to build a chemistry with the new additions to the roster. The importance of a quick transition in the Hoiberg era is already here with a complete roster overhaul.

Key to Success

Hoiberg will have to continue to dominate in the transfer market to succeed consistently. The addition of Matt Abdelmassih is a very big part of the success that Nebraska will have. He is one of the best young assistant coaches in the country. His ability to recruit and join up with Hoiberg on the recruiting trail will be vital to the success for Nebraska. Haanif Cheatham and Matej Kavas are two transfers who will be critical to immediate success. For Nebraska setting the tone of what is expected from transfers immediately is key. Nebraska will be known as a transfer destination just like Iowa State was under Hoiberg’s leadership.

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Matt Abdelmassih


This is the hardest part that Hoiberg will have to adjust in order to be successful. To build with transfers and graduate transfers primarily, it can be difficult to build continuity. In order to win big games in March, you must have veteran-laden teams with experience. The ability to create an identity is huge for any team and the identity of Nebraska will be incoming transfers. Nebraska will have older teams but will lack the chemistry of playing with each other in big moments that can cost them in tournament games. Chemistry is the biggest factor in Hoiberg’s success meshing all of the transfers and incoming freshman together consistently.

Transfer Factor

The ability to add transfers with more than one year of eligibility is huge for programs. This is a major advantage for a program who has great player development, that can take that player to the next level in their year off. Creating a player development system for these players increases a program’s chances for success long term. Along with adding graduate transfers, teams are adding players who are older and veteran teams fair better against younger teams consistently. Hoiberg has had great success in the past with transfers and their development. Some examples are Royce White, DeAndre Kane, Jameel McKay and Deonte Burton,, who all had great success with Hoiberg at Iowa State.



Nebraska has never won an NCAA tournament game before. Now they bring in Fred Hoiberg. His proven track record at Iowa State shows he is more than capable of accomplishing that goal at Nebraska. He will bring in the best set of transfers on a consistent basis. The player development and chemistry will be the key for the success at Nebraska. Hoiberg will be looking to make a splash in the BIG 10 quickly and in the whole country. The addition of Matt Abdelmassih Nebraska will be Hoiberg’s best move, as he’s bringing in an elite recruiter next to him. Nebraska has their guy. Now can Hoiberg deliver on everyone’s expectations?

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