A week ago VCU head coach Will Wade added another piece to his front court rotation in the form of junior college transfer Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed, who averaged 16.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game at Lee College in Texas last season. Mohamed was ruled to have two seasons left to play at VCU, but the school is hopeful that an appeal will result in the 6-foot-10 power forward getting a third season.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Wade stated earlier this week that an appeal will be filed on Mohamed’s behalf over a mistake the player said was made due to bad advice received from a mentor.
Mohamed’s issues began at the Trent International School, where he played two seasons after his graduation from high school as opposed to the one that players are allowed. That decision led to Mohamed being ruled ineligible to compete as a freshman at Houston in 2013-14, and he lost a year of eligibility as well.
Mohamed and Aly Ahmed, who’s now playing at Bakersfield, were both ruled ineligible for the 2013-14 season at their respective schools, with an ESPN.com report saying in November 2013 that both were advised by former Rice assistant Marco Morcos to play a second year at Trent International. However in the same story Morcos denied giving the players, both natives of Egypt, that advice.
Obviously winning the appeal would help VCU moving forward, as opposed to being a junior in the same class at Mo-Alie Cox their newest addition would instead be a sophomore. Cox is the most experienced player in the VCU front court, with Justin Tillman and Michael Gillmore both being rising sophomores.