Proceeds will benefit the Women's Center in Carbondale.
Go Get That Scholarship!: A Guide to College Basketball Recruiting for High School Players, Parents and Sports Fans. The book will be available on Amazon.com beginning Oct. 15.
Jalen Pendleton and Anthony Beane, Jr. have signed scholarship agreements with SIU.
Head coach Barry Hinson will introduce his coaching staff.
A four year letterman at Illinois, Mast holds the UI scoring record for walk-ons.
Nate Mast was named Saluki Basketball's first full-time director of basketball operations on May 19, 2012.
Prior to SIU, Mast served as head coach at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., where he posted a 53-44 record, including an NJCAA Division II national tournament appearance in 2012.
A 2002 graduate of the University of Illinois, Mast was a student assistant for one season for the Illini (2001-02) and later joined Bill Self's staff at Kansas in 2004 in an administrative capacity. While at Kansas, the Jayhawks won three Big 12 Conference championships. In 2007, Mast accepted his first coaching job at an assistant at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, where he helped the Lions to a record of 51-13 during two seasons.
"Nate's experience as a head coach and having worked and played at the highest level of college basketball will be a tremendous asset for us," said Hinson. "We are happy to welcome Nate, his wife Ashley, and his children, Nolan and Kendall, to our Saluki family."
A four year letterman at Illinois, Mast holds the UI scoring record for walk-ons. He played in 72 games from 1997-2001, including four starts and was named to the Big Ten Academic All-Conference team. He played three seasons for Lon Kruger and one season under Self.
"I'm excited to be here and back at the Division I level," Mast said. "I'm looking forward to working together with our staff."
Mast was a two-time recipient of the Kenny Battle Most Inspirational Player Award, was part of three Big Ten championship teams and helped the Illini reach the NCAA Elite 8 during his senior year.
Mast recently released a book on Amazon.com titled, "Go Get That Scholarship!: A Guide to College Basketball Recruiting for High School Players, Parents and Sports Fans."
A Champaign native, Mast was inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame in 2008. He is married to the former Ashley Seaman of Champaign, and the couple has three children, Nolan (6), Kendall (4) and Kylan (1).
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