On Monday, Anas Osama Mahmoud, a 7-foot-1 center out of Orlando (Fla.) West Oaks Academy, committed to Rick Pitino and his staff.
"Louisville just stood out to him," his guardian, Ahmed Awadallah, told Jody Demling. "He had 23 Division I offers and from the beginning just liked Louisville. Coach (Rick) Pitino was one of the first head coaches to show interest.
Osama Mahmoud officially visited Louisville on January 9th when they played Memphis. Mahmoud also took official visits to Georgia Tech and Minnesota. Cincinnati, Auburn, Miami, Creighton and UCF were also involved in his recruitment.
West Oaks Academy coach Shaun Wiseman described Osama Mahmoud as a skilled post player with an impressive upside.
"I've never had a big as skilled as this kid is," Wiseman said. "He blocks shots and passes. His basketball IQ is off the charts."
"I think his basketball is ahead of him," Wiseman said. "Once his body [develops] and he learns how to play hard every possession, once he sees how hard he has to play at the college basketball level it's going to all come together for him."
A native of Egypt, Osama Mahmoud arrived in the United States in September. His guardian lives in Louisville.
Prior to Osama Mahmoud's commitment, Louisville's class ranked No. 8 overall.