INDIANAPOLIS, In. — The city of Indianapolis just got a little bit bigger.
The IUPUI Jaguars have had an exciting past couple of weeks. First, they accepted an invitation to join the Horizon League, effective for the 2017-18 season. They took the spot of the Valparaiso Crusaders, who left to fill the void in the Missouri Valley Conference.
On Thursday, the Jaguars got some more good news. This time, it focuses on the 2018-19 season, and the product they will put on the court each time out.
IUPUI picked up a commitment from a third transfer this off-season, and the second that will be eligible in the 2018-19 season.
Big man Ahmed Ismail committed to the Jaguars after playing the 2016-17 season with the Manhattan Jaspers in the MAAC.
In his lone season with the Jaspers, the 7’2”, 285-pound center from Cairo, Egypt averaged 3.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. He averaged just over 16 minutes of action per night, and appeared in 30 games over the year.
When he arrived at Manhattan, head coach Steve Masiello praised the big man for his foot work, his hands, and his motor, all of which are tough aspects to teach a player.
Prior to becoming a member of the Jaspers, Ismail played two seasons at Colby Community College in Kansas. As a sophomore, he averaged 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while playing a shade under 18 minutes per night.
Ismail has only been in the United States for four years, and has only been playing basketball for six seasons.
The big man joins Camron Justice as the two transfers that the Jaguars have added for the 2018-19 season. Justice transferred to IUPUI from the Vanderbilt Commodores, and will add depth to the back court rotation when he becomes eligible.
– T. Bennett