In his search for more playing time, Karam Mashour’s third season of college basketball in the United States will be spent redshirting at Morehead State.
The 6-foot-6 Israeli appeared in 25 games over two seasons at UNLV, averaging 1.9 points per contest. After turning down Lon Kruger’s suggestion that he redshirt as a freshman in 2010-11, Mashour’s was never able to push his way into UNLV’s rotation.
As a sophomore, Mashour only averaged 3.2 minutes per appearance, which is less than half of the 7.8 he averaged as a freshman while playing for Lon Kruger. Kruger brought Mashour on board late in the summer of 2010, after he played in only a handful of tournaments for the Las Vegas Prospects on the AAU circuit after arriving in America to live with family in Las Vegas.
After his freshman season, UNLV star forward Mike Moser took Mashour under his wing, as the two moved in together and put in plenty of work together on the practice floor after both practices and games. But with UNLV thriving for much of its first season under Dave Rice, minutes were tough for him to come by. With the massive influx of talent on next year’s roster, the prospects for Mashour to move up the ranks took another hit.
Now, he’ll sit out next season at Morehead State, per NCAA transfer rules, and have two years to play starting in the 2013-14 campaign. The Eagles, who compete in the Ohio Valley Conference, went 18-15 last season, and are just a year removed from an NCAA tournament berth, where they upset No. 3 Louisville in the first round.
Mashour will bring plenty of raw athleticism with him and an ability to score on the drive from the wing, but will have to continue to develop his unstable outside shot and become a more consistent defender.