Profile: Anas Osama Mahmoud
Position: Power forward
Location: Orlando, Fla., West Oaks Academy
Recruiting: Osama Mahmoud was a late name who drew a ton of attention all across the board with 23 Division I scholarship offers. He also took official visits to Georgia Tech and Minnesota and had interest from Florida, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Miami, Fla., and Kansas.
What to like: There's a lot to like about Osama Mahmoud. The fact that so many major colleges jumped in the mix this season proves he has a ton of upside. Osama Mahmoud is very skilled and athletic power forward who can play with his back to the basket or be a face-up four. He's grown five and a half inches in a year and a half, so he still has a ton of room for improvement. Has played on Egyptian National team twice and has a lot of smarts. He speaks four languages – Arabic, English, French and German - and plans on enrolling in Engineering school.
What may be of concern: Osama Mahmoud is only 205 pounds and needs to add weight and strength before he can be a major contributor. He's only been in the U.S. since September and will need to continue to work on his skill set.
Overall analysis: Louisville now has a six-player class that has addressed its biggest need - post play. Osama Mahmoud is the second 7-foot-2 member of the Class of 2014 and is a very nice pickup for the Cardinals. He didn't have all those offers for nothing.
Scout's take: Had a college coach who was recruiting Osama Mahmoud who said, "He's just so skilled; can shoot it and is really smart. He just have to put on some weight."
Leftovers: Osama Mahmoud was a reserve last summer on the Egyptian senior national team that competed in the FIBA African Championships in August. He also played in the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships when he averaged 5.4 points and 4.5 rebounds. His legal guardian is Ahmed Awadallah, who lives in Louisville. His father is a longtime friend of Osama Mahmoud's father.
Bottom line: "He just really likes coach (Rick) Pitino. He respects him so much, he picked up a copy of his book (The One Day Contract) and sent it home to his parents for our Egyptian holiday." -- Awadallah