Tuesday, March 4, 2014 11:46am
Louisville received a commitment from 2014 center Anas Osama Mahmoud on Monday afternoon. Mahmoud, a three-star recruit according to Rivals, chose Louisville after seriously considering Minnesota, Georgia Tech and Auburn.
Mahmoud brings a big body and a raw game to the Cardinals. The Egyptian is 7-2, 210 pounds and played high school ball in Orlando, Fla., this season, where he averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Mahmoud serves as more of a complementary piece to Louisville's 2014 class. The Cardinals already have three big men on board: four-star forward Jaylen Johnson, four-star center Chinanu Onuaku and three-star center Matz Stockman.
Adding Mahmoud to the haul is likely insurance for if star forward Montrezl Harrell jumps to the NBA this season. The Cardinals need post depth, too. Harrell will likely make the jump. Forward Chane Behanan was dismissed from the team after playing in 12 games. Freshmen Mangok Mathiang and Akoy Agau, a three-star recruit last year, are
the only returning post players for coach Rick Pitino.