NCB On The Trail: Anas Osama Mahmoud

Recruit and return: Louisville 

March, 29, 2014

In order to return to the NCAA tournament, a team needs contributions from both returning players and incoming recruits. Here's a look at the Louisville Cardinals and their chances of dancing again in 2015.

Quick references:
2013-14 roster
2014 recruiting

Possible 2014-15 starting five:

G: Chris Jones
G: Terry Rozier
F: Wayne Blackshear
F: Montrezl Harrell
C: Mangok Mathiang

One of four remaining ESPN 100 players is now off the board as No. 69 Anas Osama Mahmoud, a 7-foot-1 center, has committed to Louisville. A native of Egypt, he came to the United States in September and it didn’t take long for college coaches to start inquiring.

He took official visits to Louisville, Georgia Tech and Minnesota.

“I was talking to Coach [Rick] Pitino today and I told him I wanted to go to Louisville,” Mahmoud said. He took official visits to Louisville, Georgia Tech and Minnesota as well as unofficial visits to Kentucky, Auburn, Cincinnati and USF. Florida and Kansas were starting to show interest..

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Predicting the uncommitted ESPN 100s 

February, 18, 2014

As the only four remaining uncommitted prospects in the ESPN 100, No. 2 Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Trinity), No. 41 JaQuan Lyle (Evansville, Ind./Huntington Prep), No. 69 Anas Osama Mahmoud (Orlando, Fla./West Oaks Academy) and No. 99 Josh Cunningham (Chicago/Morgan Park) are all marked men these days as a variety of programs battle it out for these recruits.

There is no shortage of options for the four, but as we get closer to the late signing period, their decisions will ultimately impact a variety of other programs that will be left scattering for any leftovers in a depleted list of still-available prospects.

With that in mind, we asked our team of RecruitingNation experts to predict where each of these four will ultimately end up:

Myles Turner

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Video: Coveted basketball targets

February, 13, 2014

National recruiting reporters Adam Finkelstein and Reggie Rankin join Phil Murphy to discuss which programs would most benefit from adding each of the four uncommitted ESPN 100 prospects.

Best prospects still on the board 

February, 6, 2014
Myles Turner, Rashad Vaughn and JaQuan Lyle were the major unclaimed prizes to come out of November’s early signing period, but Vaughn’s expected decision this weekend will leave only two high-profile targets for many of the nation’s most prestigious college programs to battle over.

But the next best remaining prospect in the country might just be a guy that is both prohibited from being a part of the ESPN 100 as well as from talking to college coaches, albeit for very different reasons.

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