Meet 2023 prospect Nazar Mahmoud (Rouse HS/TX) — a rising junior on the cusp of becoming more of a national name on the recruiting scene. The 6’6 guard who plays for JL3 (TX) on the Nike EYBL circuit recently received an offer from TCU and the Horned Frogs won’t likely be the last high major program to extend a scholarship opportunity.
Off the top, Mahmoud is a natural scorer. He’s able to manufacture buckets in a handful of ways, with his bread and butter being his range shooting. Overall, Mahmoud is a high IQ player that plays with a chip and is a prospect that’s undoubtedly trending in the right direction.
Recently, Mahmoud spent some time chatting with Pro Insight’s Jake Lieberman about his recruitment.
For the next installment of “Recruiting Roundup,” we present class of 2023 prospect Nazar Mahmoud, from Leander, Texas:
Pro Insight: What's the current breakdown of your visits, offers, and interest?
Nazar Mahmoud: I have recently just picked up a TCU offer. I am going to schedule an unofficial for TCU, and I’ll take officials next summer and fall. The schools that have been interested in me are Incarnate Word, Oral Roberts, Rice, LA Tech, Duquesne, St. Louis, Oakland, Wyoming, Grand Canyon, Sam Houston, Northeastern, TCU, Washington State, and Arkansas.
PI: Which programs have you heard from the most lately?
NM: TCU and Arkansas have been recruiting me the most.
PI: What kind of role do you see yourself filling at the next level?
NM: Being a scorer, facilitating for my teammates, being a very dominant player on the glass, and getting after it on the defensive end!
PI: What has been the most unique recruiting pitch you’ve heard thus far?
NM: Definitely the coaches just being there in person in general, because that was the first I’ve ever experienced that. Especially because of COVID, last year.
PI: What's the funniest thing that's happened in a virtual visit on Zoom?
NM: I find it funny how when coaches ask where I’m from (Leander) and they say “where is that?” I always say “it’s north of Austin.” But that’s fine — it’s going to change, because I’m going to put Leander on the map!
PI: Did you have any dream schools growing up?
NM: Most definitely Kentucky — they were the first basketball school I ever watched and I just enjoyed it. Ever since then I just stuck with them. I liked watching the Harrison twins, I loved it.
PI: If you could team up with any high school player in the country when you guys get to college, who would you pick?
NM: Probably Bralyn Smith, that’s my guy!
PI: What are your three main priorities when narrowing down and eventually making a final decision with your recruitment?
NM: Fit, coaching, and atmosphere.
PI: How's your timeline looking?
NM: Right now I’m not too worried about committing soon, I still have time. I am probably going to commit in the fall of my senior year.
PI: If you could sum up your recruitment process up to this point in three or four words, what would they be?
NM: God's timing. Because I’m a late-bloomer and came onto the scene late, so that’s why I say “God’s timing,” because it’s the best timing!