Louisville the favorite for Egyptian big man?

Anas Osama Mahmoud is a 7-foot-1 Egyptian center playing his high school basketball in Orlando, Fla. He's visiting Georgia Tech and Minnesota but does he already have a favorite? Cardinal Authority checks in with Osama Mahmoud's coach.

Anas Osama Mahmoud came to Orland, Fla., West Oaks Academy in September from Egypt.

The 7-foot-1 Osama Mahmoud had played on the Egyptian National Team but didn't have any experience playing against top competition from the United States before coming to West Oaks.

Now, Osama Mahmoud has all kinds of college coaches coming to watch him play.

One of the earliest schools in the mix for Osama Mahmoud was the University of Louisville and last Friday night, U of L coach Rick Pitino got a chance to see him for the first time.

"They like him a lot," West Oaks coach Shaun Wiseman said. "They like him and they want him. He's so skilled, there's just a lot of upside with him. He's only going to get better."

Osama Mahmoud appears to be the top target left on the Class of 2014 board for the U of L staff. He's already visited U of L and will visit Georgia Tech this weekend before heading to Minnesota early next week.

"He's going to take his time, but he likes coach Pitino and the staff," Wiseman said.

Osama Mahmoud also has interest from Marquette, Cincinnati, Auburn, Miami, Creighton and Central Florida among others.

U of L assistant coach Mike Balado has been to see him several times this season.

"It's a process for him," Wiseman said. "His best basketball is still ahead of him. He's going to get bigger and stronger, which will make him better. He's going to be a really, really good player down the road."

Osama Mahmoud is averaging 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots a game.

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on his recruitment.

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