Ali Farokhmanesh has joined the coaching staff at Nebraska as a graduate assistant. So why is that a big deal?
Because it’s the same Ali Farokhmanesh whose incredible display of, as Bill Raftery would say, “onions,” helped lead Northern Iowa to the Sweet 16 four years ago.
Late in the second half and with Northern Iowa leading top-seeded Kansas by a point, the Panthers’ senior guard did this:
About 40 seconds to go in the game, 27 seconds left on the shot clock and the kid uncorked that shot. It might have been the dumbest big shot ever taken in a major college basketball game, but it also sealed the win and the first-ever Sweet 16 appearance for Northern Iowa.
According to College Basketball Talk, Nebraska coach Tim Miles on Wednesday announced the addition of Farokhmanesh to the staff.
Since going undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft, Farokhmanesh played one season in Switzerland, two years in Austria and spent last year in the Netherlands, where he was the Dutch Basketball League’s Sixth Man of the Year.
He led France’s LNBA in scoring in 2010-11 at 19.5 points per game and also had a league-best 2.3 steals per game playing for SAM Massagno Basket in Switzerland and in 2011-12, Farokhmanesh led the Austrian Basketball League by shooting 49.7 percent from 3-point range.