Amid the violence and unrest in Egypt, the basketball dreams of Moataz Hosny have been put on hold.
Hoping to enroll at rising powerhouse La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
this fall, the 6-foot-9 senior is struggling to secure a visa as the United States embassy in Cairo is closed.
According to La Lumiere head coach Alan Huss, Hosny even investigated the possibility of traveling to Kenya to secure the necessary paperwork, but the embassy there was also closed earlier this month due to Al Qaeda terror concerns.
"He's had a difficult time," Huss said. "He got a late start due to the fact that he was with the senior national team for a while and he's had two different visa appointments canceled."
A native of Alexandria, Hosny is currently in Cairo – the central point of a nationwide power struggle that CBS News reports claimed the lives of 64 people on Friday alone
"We've been in constant communication," Huss said. "Other than him saying it's pretty bad, I haven't asked him about it a whole lot."
If and when Hosny does join the Lakers in Indiana, he will complete what could be a program-elevating incoming class for Huss.
Last summer at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Lithuania, Hosny averaged 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per game, leading the event in the latter category. He posted 13 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots in a loss to the United States – the eventual gold medalists at the event.
Other incoming standouts at La Lumiere include point guards Jalen Coleman
of Indianapolis and Joseph Anderson
of Houston, wing Joseph Toye
of Chicago and forward Alex Olesinski
of New Mexico.
"I'm excited about this group," Huss said. "It's a high character group and what I really like is that they all left because they love La Lumiere and want to be part of something special, not because of academics or because they were forced to leave home for other reasons."