Jamie Dixon continues to add to a roster that is looking to make their first significant NCAA Tournament run next spring, securing the pledge of Virginia Commonwealth transfer Ahmed Hamdy-Mohamed Wednesday evening, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports:
VCU grad transfer Ahmed Hamdy tells me he committed to TCU. Immediately eligible.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 26, 2017
Hamdy-Mohamed, who is a 6’9” forward, comes to the Frogs as a graduate transfer, meaning he can play as soon as he arrives to campus. Originally from Egypt, the forward is taking a circuitous route to Fort Worth; initially signing with the University of Houston out of high school, Hamdy-Mohamed redshirted his first year on campus before transferring to Lee College (Huntsville, TX) - where he averaged 16.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game on 54% shooting. He then found his way to the East Coast, joining a Rams team in their first season post Shaka Smart - who moved on to his new rival, Texas.
Known for his elite lever rebounding and high motor, Hamdy-Mohamed should be a nice compliment to another high energy in Kenrich Williams, and can do some of the ‘dirty work’ that Chris Washburn made his calling card down the stretch. Ahmed’s signing also allows incoming freshman Kevin Samuel to develop on a less rushed time table.
Hamby-Mohamed played in 70 games over two seasons for the Rams, averaging just over five points and two rebounds per game in just under 12 minutes in his first season on campus, and increasing is role in 2016-2017 with just under six points and four rebounds per contest as VCU went 26-9 before being upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Hamdy-Mohamed should be a nice piece off of the bench for Jamie Dixon’s squad, adding depth to the front court, a unit that was hit hard by graduation. He will have one season of play remaining for the Horned Frogs after being granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA due to his redshirt year at Houston.