Louisville Cardinals’ head coach Rick Pitino added a lot of size to his basketball team when he got a commitment from center Anas Osama Mahmoud on Monday.
The 7’0, 205-pound Mahmoud attends West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Florida.
“He committed to Louisville today and talked to Coach Pitino,” Osama Mahmoud’s guardian, Ahmed Awadallah, told Mike Hughes of InsideTheVille.com. “He’s really relieved that it’s done and over and ready to get to Louisville.”
Mahmoud visited the Auburn Tigers, Cincinnati Bearcats, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Minnesota Golden Gophers, but felt the most comfortable with Pitino and the Cardinals.
“He absolutely wanted to play for Coach Pitino,” Awadallah said. “He had a connection with Coach Pitino and was one of the first people to come see him when he moved to Orlando and followed up and came back again (a few weeks ago).
Mahmoud is considered a 4-star by 24/7 Sports, but is a composite 3-star. He is considered the 14th best center prospect, the 15th best over prospect in the state of Florida and the 161st ranked overall prospect in the class of 2014.
He is Louisville’s sixth commitment, joining four composite 4-star prospects, shooting guard Shaqquan Aaron, point guard Quentin Snider, center Chinanu Onuaku, power forward Jaylen Johnson and composite 3-star power forward Matz Stockman, who have all already signed their letter of intent.