Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg announced at Wednesday’s media day that Matt Thomas and Abdel Nader will both be suspended for the season’s first two games, as well as an exhibition game, for offseason run-ins with the law.
Nader say out the 2013-2014 season in Ames after transferring into the program from Northern Illinois. He was arrested in April for DWI and was immediately suspended indefinitely by Hoiberg. Thomas was also arrested for driving under the influence. A sophomore, Thomas is a sharpshooting guard that averaged 5.5 points as a freshman and started 15 games.
With Nader and Thomas out, the Cyclones will have their depth limited in the back court, but with Monte Morris, Bryce Dejean-Jones and Naz Long available, they likely won’t take a hit from a talent perspective.
Iowa State will play Oakland in their opener on Nov. 14th and a very good, guard-laden Georgia State team on the 17th in their second game.