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AMES, Iowa – Fred Hoiberg’s top assistant coach, Matt Abdelmassih, announced on Tuesday morning that he will be leaving Iowa State for his alma mater, St. John’s.

The 30-year-old Abdelmassih was also regarded as Hoiberg’s lead recruiter.  He was largely responsible for several of the big stars that have joined the Cyclones program in recent years, including Royce White, Dustin Hogue, Jameel McKay, DeAndre Kane and many others.

Abdelmassih officially made his decision public by posting a long message on his Twitter account.

The Brooklyn, N.Y. native was initially promoted to assistant coach for Iowa State in April of 2011, and will now be joining St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin’s staff. Mullin was recently named head coach of the Red Storm on March 30.