By Matt Gravett
7-foot center Anas Osama Mahmoud recently moved from Egypt to Orlando to prepare himself for Division-I basketball.
Mahmoud has taken unofficial visits to Louisville, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Cincinnati. He took an official visit to Louisville on January 8th.
West Oaks Academy (FL) head coach Shaun Wiseman was kind enough to talk with The Gopher Report about his star center.
First, what’s the proper way to pronounce Anas’ name?
SW: Ah-nahs Mah-mood.
So the middle name, Osama, is typically not included?
SW: The Osama is silent.
Can you describe Anas as a player for me? What are some of his strengths and weaknesses?
SW: He’s very skilled. He can score in a couple of ways, with his back to the basket, he can jump and shoot, he can beat people off the dribble. He has a really high IQ and sees the floor. He can pass the ball. On the defensive end of things, he can guard four different positions. He can guard post players, he can guard perimeter guys. He can block shots. He’s very multi-dimensional and versatile.
How does he stack up against the other Division-I players that you have coached?
SW: I’ve coached 50 or 60 kids that have played Division-I college basketball. He’s probably the most skilled big I’ve ever had. You run (plays) where he’s facing the basket. You can run (plays) for him like he’s a guard. We also run some sets where we give him lobs. We do a lot of stuff through him.
His recruiting profiles list offers from Louisville, Arizona State, Minnesota, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, NC State, and Texas A&M. I’m under the impression that for whatever reason the Louisville and Kentucky offers are no longer on the table. Do you know who all he has offers from or is recruiting him the hardest? Or do you let him totally handle his recruitment?
SW: I’m not going to speak on every school’s situation. (Some schools) have commitments from guys which has come up. Right now the people recruiting him are Louisville, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Marquette, and Central Florida. Today his guardian took calls from Kansas, Kentucky, and Florida. A lot of people are interested and there’s a lot of offers. He’s just going to go with the flow and make a decision in the spring. He’s in no hurry.
Do you see him playing in more of a slowdown and halfcourt style, or more of an uptempo style?
SW: He’s a gifted player. He can score in the halfcourt. He can also play press and that pressing defense. He’s so talented. His skill set is so talented that he could probably play in any given system that he chooses. He so versatile that it’s his decision what he wants to be a part of.
This article was originally published on Gopher247 (VIP) (10 days ago). Since the article was published, Mahmoud has set up official visits to Georgia Tech (Feb. 16-17) and Minnesota (Feb. 18-19).