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The Louisville Cardinals now have six members of the 2014 class after 7’1″ Anas Osama Mahmoud officially signed Monday morning.

“Anas is an extremely versatile seven-footer,” said h Rick Pitino in a press release. “He is a very skilled athlete who is a very good scorer and passer. His only weakness is strength. We will base a consideration of redshirting him on how quickly he can gain necessary strength to be effective. We’re delighted to have Anas at the University of Louisville.”

Exerpt from release:

Mahmound (name is pronounced AH-nahs o-SAW-mah mah-MOOD) averaged 13.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots last season for West Oaks, which posted a 28-8 record in 2013-14. He is ranked 99th in the ESPN100.

Mahmoud came to the United States in September for his senior year at West Oaks. He began playing basketball on club teams in Egypt when he was 12 and played in recent years with Egyptian national teams. He was a reserve on the 2013 Egyptian senior national team and averaged 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds the previous summer for his country’s 2012 U17 team.


In this Go4Report.com article, Mahmoud’s current coach said this of him:

He’s very skilled. He can score in a couple of ways, with his back to the basket, he can jump and shoot, he can beat people off the dribble. He has a really high IQ and sees the floor. He can pass the ball. On the defensive end of things, he can guard four different positions. He can guard post players, he can guard perimeter guys. He can block shots. He’s very multi-dimensional and versatile.


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