Esa Ahmad Ruled Ineligible For Half Of Regular Season

Esa Ahmad Ruled Ineligible For Half Of Regular Season

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The expected announcement finally came.

An official Sports Information Department statement read that “West Virginia University basketball forward Esa Ahmad did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements and is not eligible for game competition for the first half of the 2017-18 regular season.

Ahmad, a junior from Cleveland, played in 34 games in 2016-17, averaging 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.”

The loss is significant for the Mountaineers, who were already without four-start forward Derek Culver, who was academically ineligible and enrolled at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. Ahmad excelled offensively inside and out and much of the offense ran through the swingman at times. as learned that “half a year” refers to the first semester, so Ahmad should be eligible to return the week of Jan. 8, which marks the start of the second semester. West Virginia plays Baylor on Tue., Jan. 9 and Texas Tech on Sat., Jan. 16.

The loss leaves WVU with forwards Teddy Allen, Magic Bender, Logan Routt, Wesley Harris, D’Angelo Hunter, Lamont West and Sags Konate. None have the experience of Ahmad, who will now miss one of the most competitive nonconference slates in program history.