Cards officially add second 7-footer

The University of Louisville announced the addition of a sixth player in the basketball recruiting Class of 2014 on Tuesday. Egyptian forward Anas Osama Mahmoud committed to U of L last month and has now signed and is officially a member of the U of L program.

The University of Louisville basketball program now has a six-pack of recruits in the Class of 2014.

The Cardinals announced the official signing of Anas Osama Mahmoud, a 7-foot-1 Egyptian forward who committed to U of L on March 3.

Mahmoud played last season at West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., averaging 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots a game.

"Anas is an extremely versatile seven-footer," U of L coach Rick Pitino said in a release. "He is a very skilled athlete who is a very good scorer and passer. His only weakness is strength.

"We will base a consideration of redshirting him on how quickly he can gain necessary strength to be effective. We're delighted to have Anas at the University of Louisville."

Mahmoud, who will major in engineering at U of L, came to the U.S. last September. He had played on several club teams in Egypt since age 12. He was a reserve on the 2013 Egyptian senior national team and averaged 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds the previous summer for his country's 2012 U17 team.

The newcomer speaks four languages, including English, Arabic, French and German. He picked U of L over Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Cincinnati.

Mahmoud joins Shaqquan Aaron, Quentin Snider, Jaylen Johnson, Chinanu Onuaku and Matz Stockman in the '14 recruiting class.

U of L says in a release that Mahmoud and Stockman are the first seven-footers to play for the Cardinals since Felton Spencer, a 7-0 center from Louisville who scored 1,168 points at UofL from 1986-90. David Schrag, a 7-1 center from Winterthur, Switzerland, who prepped at Maine Central Institute, initially signed to play with the Cardinals in 1997 but went to Vincennes instead.

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