BAKERSFIELD, Calif.,- Head men’s basketball coach Rod Barnes has finalized his 2013-14 roster with the addition of center Aly Mohamed Ahmed from Midland College, another option to further Bakersfield’s depth in the post this season.
The 6’9” 270 lb. Ahmed will have three years of eligibility remaining when he suits up for Bakersfield this season following one year at Midland College where he averaged eight points and six rebounds per game for the Chaps. An Alexandria, Egypt native, Ahmed played high school basketball at Trent International School in Sugarland, Texas while also competing for his native Egypt as a member of the 2009 U19 Egyptian National Team.
“Aly has a great feel for the game, he can score inside and outside and is a really good passer and rebounder,” Barnes said. “He played international ball so he has played against some very good competition and experienced players.”
Mohamed Ahmed joins a trio of big men this season including 7’0” redshirt junior Tyler Smith (McCloud, Okla., Howard College) and 6’10” redshirt junior Abdul Ahmed (London, England, Trinity Valley CC) as options at center for Bakersfield. The versatile Mohamed Ahmed could also see time at forward where he will join newcomers Stefon Johnson (R-Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio, Gardner-Webb), along with returners Cory Hall (Sr., Chicago, Ill., Ventura CC), Kregg Jones (R-Jr., St. Georges, Barbados, Army-Navy Academy) and the team’s leading-returning scorer Brandon Barnes (R-Jr., Atlanta Ga., Lipscomb) who averaged 12.5 points last season, although Barnes is expected to spend more time on the wing this season.
Also finalizing the 2013-14 roster is freshman guard Brent Wrapp from Fairview HS in Boulder, Colo. Wrapp is expected to be a contributing point guard for Bakersfield in the years to come, while also providing depth at the position. He was Conference Player of the Year in 2013 while also managing an All-State Second Team nod in Colorado. The 6’ 3” 170 guard averaged 16.4 points and 6.5 assists-per-game as a senior while helping the Knights to the league title.
“Brent has good size, a high basketball I-Q and has been well coached,” Barnes said. “He rebounds well from the point guard position and likes to get his teammates involved.”
Wrapp will learn this season from senior Issiah Grayson (Atlanta, Ga., College of Southern Idaho) who set the single-season assist record for Bakersfield during the 2011-12 season before taking a medical redshirt last season. Grayson is joined at the point guard spot by newcomer Tyrell Corbin (Jr., Salt Lake City, Ut., Salt Lake CC). Returners Zach Lamb (R-Sr., Norcross, Ga., Miami-Dade CC) and Javonte Maynor (R-Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Georgia State) also spent time at point guard last season.
Bakersfield opens the 2013- 14 season, their first as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, at Washington State on Nov. 8 at 7 P.M. That game will also be televised on the Pac-12 Network. The regular-season home opener is schedule for Nov. 11 vs. UC Merced at the Icardo Center.
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