Ahmad, Harris Dismissed From WVU Basketball Team

Ahmad, Harris Dismissed From WVU Basketball Team


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The e-mail announcement that came from West Virginia’s Sports Information Office was just one sentence, but it contained a significant message – “West Virginia University men’s basketball senior Esa Ahmad and junior Wesley Harris have been dismissed from the team for a violation of athletic department policies.”

Esa Ahmad

No further information was provided, but the impact was definite: the time for two of the Mountaineers’ top men’s basketball players at WVU has come to an end.

Ahmad, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from Cleveland, Ohio, had played in 112 games in his career at WVU, starting 104 of those. He recently became the 53rd Mountaineer all-time to reach the 1,000-point plateau in his career, as he’s scored 1,039. He also has 487 career rebounds. This season Ahmad is WVU’s third-leading scorer, averaging 12.0 points per game, and also its third-leading rebounder with an averaging of 5.8 per game. He was suspended for the first 16 games of the 2017-18 season because of an unspecified NCAA violation.

Harris is a 6-foot-8 forward from Jackson, Miss., who came to WVU from Lawson State (Ala.) Community College prior to the 2017-18 season. He started all 37 games for West Virginia last season as a third-year sophomore, averaging 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds. This season he had started 17 of WVU’s 24 games and was averaging 7.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Ahmad is a senior whose collegiate eligibility is due to expire at the end of this season, but Harris was a fourth-year junior who will have a year of college eligibility remaining in the 2019-20 season. It appears almost certain that Harris will not be spending his final college year at WVU.

The 10-14 Mountaineers have seven regular season games left. They’re next in action Saturday at 4 p.m. at Kansas.

 

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    Ahmad, Harris Dismissed From WVU Basketball Team MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The e-mail announcement that came from West Virginia’s Sports Information Office wa
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    #82647

    Good riddance.

    #82651

    Bob Huggins Oncology

    Morgantown, West Virginia

     

    #82652

    I agree with Esa. Unfortunately, I think Wesley is a loss. He plays defense… It frees up a scholarship. I think more will be gone. We will see how theyplay now.

    #82654

    Wes does play defense. But he had multiple troubling incidents on the court that probably contributed this.

    I don’t think there’s any question that there will be more to depart this year.

    As for the rest of the season, it’s probably going to be ugly. And maybe even worse than what it has been.

    #82656

    I’m fine with sacrificing the remainder of a terrible season for the greater good.

    Nothing more than a hunch but my guess is West either makes some changes or will be moving on.

    Don’t see anyone else as a potential departure.

    #82657

    Let the purge begin!

    #82662

    I found this as good news for the program. Free up a few scholarships and make better choices in recruiting.

    #82663

    Agreed, just don’t see any negative here.

    #82664

    It was needed, but I wouldn’t call it good news. It’s a sad day to be a Mountaineer, whenever you are. Turn the page , move on.

    #82665

    I definitely think that a few more are on their way out. This season cannot be over soon enough. I think the rest of this season is a tryout for the rest of the team for next year. Hopefully, Culver has his head on straight now. He is the only bright spot this deplorable season!

    #82666

    Let the purge begin!

    Release the Hounds……

    #82667

    I think this is very good news.  Take care of the cancer now.  Don’t let it spread to the rest of the team.  For those that are somewhat infected a little chemo by Bob will clear them up.  You make your tree stronger by pruning the bad limbs.

    Doomes and Matthews will get more pt.  May have to go to a smaller lineup or play Haley at F instead of G.

    #82668

    The time was now – and a quick cut was best.  No point in letting things linger.  But I’m struck by the wording of the announcement – violation of Athlectic Department policies.  So, what policies?  Failure to win when put on the floor?  Or something deeper and darker?

    #82669

    Amazing they lasted this long, eyes glazed over on court play was ridiculous!

    #82671

    JAL

    Ahmad may one of those players a team is better without.  I go back to last season when they were 15-1 without Ahmad and 11-10 after he returned.  Only loss was opening game to Texas A@M and they beat Virginia, Missouri, K State, Oklahoma,  and Oklahoma State.

    #82672

    I take no joy in this. But whatever it is that’s going on with this “team” needs to be excised (as by a scalpel)–and probably should have already happened by now. Because it’s threatening the whole program.

    I also don’t want to hear whinging about poor “kids.” They’re not only fully grown adults, they’re more than old enough to heed the advice given them–for their own good, no less, and FOLLOW THE RULES. On top of that, there is a certain work ethic that’s expected–no more than anyone making it clear, their own head coach who happens to have a reputation for hard work, and demands it of his recruits. ALL OF THEM. And that’s hardly a secret. And even the most casual of fans can see that all of these ingredients have been positively absent the ENTIRE SEASON, save a few select members.

    I’ll also say that I’ve never witnessed such a soft, pampered, selfish and LAZY bunch–as a collective, in all my life…which again, isn’t all inclusive–but still, all it takes are one or two bad attitudes and the weak will follow suit. They always do.

    I said this earlier, and I’ll repeat it once more: I don’t care if Coach Huggs whittles this “team” down to five players, and has to finish games with three on the court, and build on that next year–if THAT’S what it takes…

    #82673

    Not sure this is a Huggs purge.  The statement was a violation of Athletic Department Policies, not a violation of team rules.  The suddenness and finality of the action bespeaks something quite dire.  It’ll be a while before this totally flushes out.

    #82674

    AD Policies or Team Violation.  We knew it was coming and we had a feeling these two were at the top.  Couple more slightly below may be the rest of the purge.  Watch for it.  More to come.

    #82676

    AD Policies or Team Violation. We knew it was coming and we had a feeling these two were at the top. Couple more slightly below may be the rest of the purge. Watch for it. More to come.

    Agree.

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