Ahmed Hamdy to be granted release from VCU

VCU's Ahmed Hamdy (23) has been granted release from the men's basketball program and will explore other options, but still a possibility he stays at VCU.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — VCU senior center Ahmed Hamdy-Mohamed has been granted release from the men’s basketball program to explore other options, according to the school’s sports information office.

Hamdy has one year of eligibility remaining and is immediately eligible to play as a graduate student if he chooses to transfer, but VCU says there is still a possibility for him to stay with the Rams.

Hamdy, a 6’9″, 240 lb. from Egypt, saw an increased role in the 2016-2017 season. In 13.2 minutes per game, he averaged 5.9 points on 44.7% shooting and 3.8 rebounds.

VCU’s Ahmed Hamdy (23) dunks on Richmond’s Kwesi Abakah at the Siegel Center in an Atlantic 10 regular season game on February 1st, 2017.

If he stays, he and Justin Tillman are the only two experienced forwards on the roster for the upcoming season with Mo Alie-Cox and Jordan Burgess graduating this year. Redshirt sophomore Isaac Vann, who sat out the 2016-2017 per NCAA transfer rules, is the only other forward available to new head coach Mike Rhoades.

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