By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Cal State Bakersfield has reportedly added to its inside depth and size with Aly Mohamed Ahmed from Egypt, giving the Roadrunners a verbal commitment in men's basketball.
CSUB officials would not comment, citing NCAA rules that require a program to possess a national letter-of-intent or have the student enrolled in school before comments are allowed.
Ahmed, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound power forward, played last season at Midland (Texas) Junior College, where he averaged about eight points and six rebounds per game, according to D1nation.com, which announced Ahmed's verbal commitment to CSUB.
Ahmed is a former standout for the D1 Nation Ambassadors, a noted club program with teams in 11 states, according to its web page. Ahmed played for D1 Nation's Texas club.
According to the website, Ahmed had given a verbal commitment to Southern Mississippi but changed his mind after his official visit to CSUB last Saturday.
"This is a huge get for a fledgling D1 program that has just entered the D1 ranks, with this coming season their first in a conference (Western Athletic)," the website said in a story. "The 6-9 power forward from Alexandria, Egypt, is a talented, savvy player. The combination of his international experience along with being tested in the fires of Texas JuCos should bring instant production to the Roadrunners."
The story added that Ahmed "has adequate athleticism. It's his wide body that makes him such a quality player. He's incredibly skilled as a passing big man as well."
Presumably, one factor in CSUB landing Ahmed is that fall quarter classes haven't begun yet where classes at most universities on semester systems have started. That means Ahmed isn't behind once he enrolls at CSUB, where classes begin Monday.
He will have three years of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to play this season.
Ahmed was a standout and former MVP of the FIBA Africa 19-and-Under league where he played for Egypt prior to arriving in America. He scored 13 points in four games of the 2009 Under-19 World Championships.
The web article said the NCAA Clearninghouse initially ruled Ahmed ineligible following an evaluation of his international transcript. That prompted Ahmed to play last season in junior college, and the NCAA finally cleared him to play at the Division I level as a high school qualifier this off-season.
BC drops in state, SoCal football polls
Despite a season-opening 24-9 win at Santa Ana College on Saturday, Bakersfield College dropped one spot in both the state and Southern California community college football coaches poll this week.
BC is now No. 5 in the state and No. 3 in Southern California.
Saddleback, which was 13th in the state and No. 6 in SoCal, moved up to fourth and second, respectively, after routing preseason No. 1 Mount San Antonio 44-20 on Saturday.
Riverside also passed BC, moving from fifth to third in the state and from third to first in SoCal. BC was fourth in the state and second in SoCal in the preseason poll. Riverside beat Ventura 59-41 in its season opener.
WAC honor for O'Hagan
Cal State Bakersfield junior opposite hitter Molly O'Hagan has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week.
She averaged 3.75 kills and 1.19 blocks per set over four matches last week, when CSUB went 3-1 on a Virginia road trip. She was the most valuable player at the James Madison Classic. O'Hagan had a career-high 19 kills vs. James Madison.
CSUB faces 12th-ranked Oregon Friday in the first of three matches at the Fresno State tournament.
Perez earns WAC honor
Cal State Bakersfield goalkeeper Anthony Perez has been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Perez posted back-to-back shutouts in CSUB's 3-0 win over Sacramento State on Friday and 2-0 win over UC Davis on Sunday. Perez turned away penalty kicks in both matches and had 10 saves in the two matches.
CSUB plays at No. 8-ranked Indiana on Friday.