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Abdel Nader selected by Boston Celtics in NBA Draft
The 2016 NBA Draft was held on Thursday night and Alexandria-born Abdel Nader was selected in the second round with the 58th pick overall by the Boston Celtics. Nader is currently the only Egyptian basketball player in the NBA and the second in history after Alaa Abdelnaby.
After moving to the United States from Alexandria, Nader started playing basketball as a senior at Niles North High School in Illinois, leading the Vikings to their first sectional championship in the school’s 47-year history. He garnered First Team All-State honors, earned Chicago Sun-Times Class 4A Second Team All-State recognition, and was named to the ESPN Chicago All-Area team.
Nader then joined Northern Illinois University and played there for two seasons, averaging 6.11 points and 9.74 rebounds per game. He then transferred to Iowa State University and is now playing his second and final season as a senior. His performance with the Cyclones improved drastically in his senior year. Nader averaged 12.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on one of the nation’s best teams.
Abdel Nader! pic.twitter.com/htzjXz8MU8
— Cyclone Basketball (@CycloneMBB) June 24, 2016
Nader has a real chance to stick with the Celtics, as they are in rebuilding mode and are attempting to stock their franchise with young, athletic talent.
After being picked, sports analysts praised the young guard. “He’s a guy that can finish plays,” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas reported.