LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anas Osama Mahmoud, a 7-1, 205-pound forward/center from Cairo, Egypt who played last season at West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his basketball playing career at the University of Louisville.
"Anas is an extremely versatile seven-footer," said UofL Men's Basketball Coach Rick Pitino. "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."
Mahmound (name is pronounced AH-nahs o-SAW-mah mah-MOOD) averaged 13.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots last season for West Oaks, which posted a 28-8 record in 2013-14. He is ranked 99th in the ESPN100.
Mahmoud came to the United States in September for his senior year at West Oaks. He began playing basketball on club teams in Egypt when he was 12 and played in recent years with Egyptian national teams. 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.
Mahmoud, who intends to major in engineering at UofL, speaks four languages, including English, Arabic, French and German. He chose to attend UofL after also considering Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Cincinnati. He had 23 Division I scholarship offers and publicly committed to the Cardinals on March 3.
Mahmoud is the sixth member of the Cardinals' signing class, which has been listed among the top ten in the nation (4th ESPN, 6th Bleacher Report, 7th Rivals.com, 8th Scout.com, 9th 247 Sports). He joinsShaqquan Aaron, a 6-7, 175-pound guard from Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Wash.; Jaylen Johnson, a 6-9, 215-pound forward from Ypsilanti (Mich.) High School; Chinanu Onuaku, a 6-10, 230-pound forward/center from Lanham, Md. and Riverdale Baptist High School;Quentin Snider, a 6-1, 170-pound guard from Ballard High School in Louisville; and Matz Stockman, a 7-1, 235-pound forward/center from Oslo, Norway.
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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The KFC YUM! Center will host an NBA game for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 4 this year. Miami Heat will face off against the New Orleans Pelicans in a preseason contest. Tickets for the game go on sale on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. at the KFC Yum! Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
The Miami Heat, who will seek their third-straight championship during the 2014 playoffs, are led by NBA All-Stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Pelicans are led by former No. 1 pick and 2014 NBA All-Star Anthony Davis.
Davis and Pelicans guard Darius Miller were both members of the University of Kentucky squad that won the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
It's a well-known fact that Kentucky is basketball country, yet many area fans have never been able to experience a professional game in person," said KFC Yum! Center General Manager Dennis Petrullo. "This event is a great opportunity for people to put aside their college basketball allegiances and cheer on some of the best players in the sport."
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The Murray State Racers put a cap on the 2013-14 season with a championship win in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in a 65-57 win over the Yale Bulldogs at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.
The Racers (23-11) won four games at home in the CIT to become the sixth champion of the event that began in 2009 and just the second-ever to do it on their home court.
The game started with amazing energy from a revved up crowd at the CFSB and the Racers getting out to a 7-0 lead. Despite the early lead, the Racers were put to a test by a very game Yale (19-14) team. The Bulldogs kept pace with the Racers and ended the half with a 7-3 run to cut the MSU lead to 27-26 at the intermission.
In the second half, the Bulldogs carried over that momentum and led early in the stanza at 28-27. However, the Racers quickly turned the tables with a 10-0 run to lead by 11 at 46-35 with 10 minutes to play. Yale would simply not go away as it answered with its own 10-0 run, cutting the lead to a single point with just over seven minutes left in the contest.
The Racers pushed through and made seven of nine free throws in the final two minutes to hold on for the 8-point win. Playing a key factor in the victory was a record-tying 14 blocks by MSU as Jarvis Williams and Jonathan Fairell each had five for their career-highs.
Cameron Payne led MSU with 24 points, while Jarvis Williams added 16 by going 8-for-8 from the field to go along with five blocks. Fairell added nine rebounds to his five blocks, while Payne pulled down seven boards.
Payne and Williams scored 40 of MSU's 65 points.
Following the game, Payne was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Williams and Yale's Justin Sears and Javier Duren were named to the All-Tournament team.
The Racers claimed their first post-season title of any kind since winning the 2012 OVC Tournament. The win was their first non-OVC tournament championship since winning the Great Alaska Shootout in 2011.
MSU is the first CIT champion to win on its home court since Santa Clara did it in 2011. In the last two CIT's, East Carolina had won at Weber State last year and Mercer won at Utah State in 2012. This year was the sixth staging of the CIT after it was launched in 2009.
The Racers displayed some great defense in their five-game run to the CIT title. MSU held teams to 66.0 points per game and recorded 36 blocked shots and 37 steals. Opponents only managed 38 percent from the field against the Racers including 29 percent from 3-point range.
Cameron Payne, the CIT MVP, scored 20.6 points per game, grabbed 5.2 rebounds and dished out 5.0 assists. Jarvis Williams, named to the CIT All-Tournament Team, scored 17.2 ppg and grabbed 7.4 rebounds. He shot an amazing 71 percent from the field on 35-of-49 shots. Williams also blocked 17 shots.
The Racers set a record for most home games played in a season with 18. MSU was 17-1 at home this season with their only loss coming to Middle Tennessee (Nov. 26). MSU will carry a 15-game win streak into the 2014-15 season. The Racers are 39-6 at home in the Prohm era.
MSU Head Coach Steve Prohm is 75-23 in his three seasons with the Racers for a winning percentage of .765.
MSU's five-game win streak to finish the season matches their longest of the season. MSU also won five in a row from Jan. 2-16.
Ending a season is a rare event and today marks the first time MSU has done this since 1978. Although the last time it happened, it was because of a poor season. MSU was 8-17 in 1977-78 and didn't qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament with a mark of 4-10. On Feb. 25, the Racers ended the season with an 85-84 win over Austin Peay at Racer Arena.
Cameron Payne, the second MSU freshman to score 500 points, had 24 tonight and finished with 572 for 24th place on the MSU all-time single-season list. Lamont Sleets was the first MSU freshman to do it with 522 points in the 1979-80 season.
Payne finished second on the assist list with 185. Chad Townsend (1996-97) has the top spot with 212.
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Rosters for the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic All-American national game were revealed earlier today. Slated for April 18th at Barclays Center,
Duke and Kentucky landed the most players in the game with four each. North Carolina will have three players participating, while Kansas landed two players in the game.
Grayson Allen –- Duke
Joel Berry –- North Carolina
James Blackmon — Indiana
Justin Jackson -– North Carolina
Tyus Jones –- Duke
Trey Lyles –- Kentucky
Jahlil Okafor -– Duke
Kelly Oubre — Kansas
L.J. Peak –- Georgetown
Karl Towns -– Kentucky
Reid Travis — Stanford
Rashad Vaughn -– UNLV
Isaiah Whitehead -– Seton Hall
Shaqquan Aaron –- Louisville
Cliff Alexander -– Kansas
Devin Booker –- Kentucky
Kameron Chatman -– Michigan
Daniels Hamilton –- Connecticut
Stanley Johnson — Arizona
Chris McCullough –- Syracuse
Emmanuel Mudiay –- SMU
Theo Pinson –- North Carolina
D’Angelo Russell -– Ohio State
Myles Turner –- Undecided
Tyler Ulis — Kentucky
Justise Winslow — Duke
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