I always like to ask basketball players if there is a player they model their games after. It sometimes provides an interesting look into the type of player they want to become. On July 1, just five days after his arrival in Ames, I sat down to interview Abdel Nader.
A well-spoken young man, Nader has two years of college basketball experience to his name and is still just 19 years old, he told me he loves Kevin Durant’s game. He said he knows everything about him, all the way down to his 7’5 wing span.
Nader himself boasts an impressive 7’2 wing span, the longest on this year’s squad. In fact, it is the longest of the Fred Hoiberg era at Iowa State. With a 7’0 wingspan, fellow newcomer Daniel Edozie is the only other Cyclone during that period of time with a wing span over 7-feet.
The average human wing span is approximately the same as their height. At 6-6, Nader’s wing span differential is eight inches. It is believed by our Director of Athletics Communications, Mike Green, my predecessor on the men’s basketball beat for 13 years, that Will Blalock’s wing span differential of six inches was the previous high-water mark among Cyclone players.
All this will make getting pass around Nader a difficult task.
Here are some of the notable wing spans during the Hoiberg era:
Ejim – 6’10
Clyburn – 6’11
White – 6’11
Niang – 6’8.5
Garrett – 6’8
Dorsey-Walker – 6’7
In case you missed it, I wrote this story earlier this summer about Nader.