Memphis Backup Center Karim Sameh Azab Diagnosed With Cancer

This absolutely sucks, especially because this is the second time I’ve had to write this sort of blog. Earlier this year Texas star Andrew Jones was diagnosed with cancer during the season. This time around it’s Memphis backup center Karim Sameh Azab who put out the tweet earlier today.

Sameh Azab sat out the entire 2016-17 season due to eligibility issues and then played in 15 games this past season. He was a late addition to the first Tubby Smith recruiting class at Memphis and at 6’10”, 270lbs was expected to turn into a rotational player under Smith. This past season he was expected to make that jump but suffered an ankle injury in the preseason that kept him out until early December.

It was reported three weeks ago that Sameh Azab was undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness. We now know that started the cancer treatments. It’s safe to say that all thoughts and prayers go out to Sameh Azab battles this and fuck cancer.