I have always enjoyed taking in the National Prep School Invitational, which takes place in Providence, Rhode Island in the last weekend of January every year. You get the chance to see nearly all of the top prep teams throughout America and a few kids always jump out and showcase some of their hidden talents not seen before under the national microscope. However, this year brought a talent that is so good that it is worth divulging into just how good Anas Osama Mahmoud can be if he reaches his full potential on the hardwood.
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.
Jumping into ESPN’s top-100 rankings for the 2014 class at the 69th overall spot, Mahmoud may actually be under-ranked. No other scouting websites have the West Oaks senior ranked, but he is a legit top-50 guy this year. On top of that, there may be only a handful of seniors who encapsulate more long term potential than the promising forward. Once his motor is ticking and he is engaged, Mahmoud is capable of taking over a game on both sides of the floor, something that not many others can do in all of high school basketball.
With a desperate need for bigs this late in the years for colleges, Mahmoud rattled off his list of offers from Kansas, Florida, Miami, NC State, Auburn, Kentucky, UCF, Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette, Georgia Tech, and Minnesota. He has already taken an official visit to Louisville, which took place in the beginning of January, and unofficially visited Kentucky, Auburn, and Cincinnati a few months back. The West Oaks 7-footer does plan on making official visits to Georgia Tech, and then to Minnesota, which will be taking place from February 16-20.
With a solid intellect both on and off the hardwood, and planning to major in engineering , the Egyptian big man is wide open at the moment and wants to attend a college program that is successful, is in a warm climate, and a place that offers a family-type atmosphere. Look for Anas Osama Mahmoud to work through the process, take his visits, and decide on a program that, if he can reach his full potential, make his way into the NBA one day due to his rare combination of size and ball skills, along with his heady capabilities both on and off the basketball on both sides of the floor.