Red Storm Embarks on
One of the top young recruiters in the country, St. John’s alumnus and former Red Storm men’s basketball student manager Matt Abdelmassih is in his second season as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
Since his arrival in Queens, Abdelmassih has made an immediate impact on the recruiting trail that has put St. John’s back on the national map. The Red Storm landed a consensus top-25 recruiting class in 2016 according to major national recruiting services, which features highly-rated freshmen Shamorie Ponds, Richard Freudenberg and one of the top junior college transfers in the country, Bashir Ahmed.
In his first year at St. John’s, Abdelmassih quickly assembled nearly an entire roster of talented newcomers, including BIG EAST All-Freshman Team honoree Kassoum Yakwe, to serve as the foundation for a program on the rise.
Tabbed the top transfer recruiter in the country by ESPN college basketball experts, Abdelmassih has also attracted three coveted prospects to St. John’s in Justin Simon (Arizona), Marvin Clark Jr. (Michigan State) and Tariq Owens (Tennessee), all of whom possess high major experience.
Abdelmassih returned to St. John's after five seasons with Iowa State, where he spent his last four seasons as an assistant to head coach Fred Hoiberg and helped guide the Cyclones to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
An assistant director of operations for Iowa State in 2010-11, Abdelmassih was promoted to assistant coach in April of 2011. In his four seasons as an assistant coach, Iowa State amassed a 99-40 (.712) record, won back-to-back Big 12 Tournament titles (2014, 2015), made four-straight trips to the “Big Dance” (2012-15) and reached one NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 (2014).
A 2007 graduate of St. John’s, Abdelmassih earned a bachelor's degree in sport management.