Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to give a summer update on the team. It’s only July, and there wasn’t any breaking news, but it sure was nice to hear Coach talk some hoops and about this year’s team! I expected it to be about a 20 minute press conference, but it ended up being just over 45! You can click here to watch the video of the press conference from CourierJournal.com. Below, I will give you the key notes from it…
The new Pelican…
-Pitino started out by talking about Russ Smith. He said that Russ wasn’t pleased with dropping to the 2nd round in the NBA Draft, and wanted to prove people wrong. Instead, Pitino said he should prove people right, and that’s the people that believe in him.
-Also with Russ, he got a guaranteed contract from the Pelicans. That is huge news, as second round picks have to make the team and are not guaranteed a spot just by getting drafted.
I’m not going to say Anas Osama is my favorite Louisville Cardinal……but then again I’m not saying he isn’t either.
Press Release from Louisville SID Kenny Klein:
7-1 Mahmoud Signs With Louisville Basketball
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.”
2014 Center Anas Osama Mahmoud is becoming a name to watch on the Louisville radar. While I still think Michal Cekovsky is the first choice Mahmoud has been turning heads on the recruiting scene. Mahmoud recently visited the Cards and plans on taking a visit to Minnesota and a few other places in the near future.
The 7’2 Center moves as good as most guards with the ball in his hands and could be a force under Pitino. A recent article from Roundball Rundown praised Mahmoud’s performance in the recent National Prep Invitational saying:
“Coming over from Egypt in September to West Oaks in Florida, the talent that the recent import has brought to his Sunshine State based squad is absolutely fascinating to watch. Standing a legit 7’1, Mahmoud can do things on the floor that some 6’5 prospect cannot even do. More of a face-up power forward than a center, the Egyptian big moves remarkably fluid for his size and stature on the perimeter. He can step out and shoot the 3, display an unbelievably graceful floater in the lane, and post-up his man and use an effective up-and-under move on the block. Defensively, Mahmoud posted four steals in his first outing, and once his competitors saw him compete, he altered many shots in and out of his area and was super effective in throwing away shots at the bucket due to his light feet and giant length.”
Rick will watch Mahmoud this weekend so this will for sure be something to watch in the coming months.