Louisville Cardinals’ coach, Rick Pitino, received a commitment Monday from a 7-foot-1 center, Anas Osama Mahmoud. Mahmoud is a native of Egypt and has only been in the states since September of 2013.
Mahmoud is ranked No. 69 in the ESPN’s top 100 players for 2014. He was one of only four unsigned top 100 players.
Mahmoud’s biggest weakness will be his strength as he weighs in at only 195 pounds. He could possibly use next season as a redshirt to develop his strength as he will be one of two 7-footers for the Cardinals. Incoming recruit, Matz Stockman, is the other 7-footer. The Cardinals will also have Mangok Mathiang (6-foot-10) and incoming recruit Chinanu Onuaku (6-foot-10) making the Cardinals one of the tallest teams in the NCAA.
Pitino will love the versatility Mahmoud will give him. Mahmoud has developed perimeter skills, as just a few years ago he was 6-foot-6 and playing guard. He has range from the perimeter and can put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket. At 7-foot-1 he will also give the Cardinals a much needed shot blocker they have been lacking since Gorgiu Dieng.
Louisville now has six commitments for the 2014 class. The class is ranked as high as fifth. The Cardinals’ class is a balanced one consisting of point guard Quentin Snider, small forward Shaqquan Aaron, power forward Jaylen Johnson, and centers Onuaku, Stockman, and now Mahmoud.