Rick Pitino will have a lot of unknown talent roaming the paint next season after losing one of his most talented players, Montrezl Harrell, to the NBA.
The key may be for everyone to stay healthy and that hasn’t started off in the right direction.
7-foot center from Cairo, Egypt, Anas Mahmoud, will undergo surgery on his knee to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The timetable to return is 4-6 weeks, which may stunt his development this offseason.
The rising sophomore struggled to find minutes, 7.9 per game, and only averaged 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds when he did make it on the floor. He shot 52 percent from the field and blocked 0.7 shots per game.
Mahmoud is very raw but he was a 4-star recruit out of high school, has incredible size and impressive physical tools that any college program would love to have.
Mahmoud is expected to be ready for practices in the fall (without a setback), and he will play alongside sophomores Chinanu Onuaku, Jaylen Johnson, Matz Stockman, freshman, Raymond Spalding and rising junior, Mangok Mathiang.
Louisville is projected to be a boarder line top 25 team with the additions of Trey Lewis and Damion Lee.
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