Monday, October 17, 2011

Texas D1 Ambassadors Aly Mohamed To Rice

In what is a major coup for Rice Coach Ben Braun, 2012 P 6'9" Aly Mohamed of Houston Trent International HS and the Texas D1 Ambassadors-Houston has committed to Rice University in Conference USA.  The native of Egypt and the MVP of the FIBA Under 18 Africa Cup last year turned down numerous Big Ten, ACC and Big XII schools who were interested.

Aly Mohamed (shown below at the D1 Ambassadors Training Camp in Galveston, TX)
There is no question that Mohamed at 6'9" 260lbs will be a force.  He came out of nowhere in early June to be the 3rd ranked prospect out of the Under Armour Camp in Atlanta, GA.  Fellow country man and Rice Assistant Marco Morcos ran point on his recruitment and the fact that there was another Egyptian player on the Owls roster played a big part in his decision.

Mohamed is one of the most physical and intense players we've ever had in the organization.  I really enjoyed getting to know him this summer. Rice is getting a very bright and insightful young man who has a burning desire to be a professional player. As with most international players he is extremely mature, already has advanced post moves that most college players do not possess and has incredibly light and nimble feet for a big man.  I spoke with his high school coach, Eugene Harris who said that Aly has shed 10 pounds and is transforming his body since the end of summer basketball.  Once he gets in a college weight room and starts eating better he's going to be one scary dude. Congratulations to Aly and his Family who all reside in Egypt.-Coach Max Ivany

Mohamed continues the D1 Ambassadors pipeline to Rice University as recently graduated PG Bryan Beasley of Pflugerville, TX and incoming freshman Seth Gearhart from the Oregon D1 Ambassadors have preceded him at the "Harvard of the Southwest".