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Esa Ahmad (Photo credit: Geoff Powers/The Plain Dealer)








215 lb



Shaker Heights (OH) HS

All-Ohio Red

Rankings Rankings

Rivals: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit (#17 PF / #72 overall)
Scout: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit (#10 PF / #54 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
ESPN: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit 86 (#8 SF / #46 overall)
24/7: 4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit 94 (#21 PF / #74 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
Triple Double Prospects: #2 PF in Ohio

Last updated: May 5, 2015
Previous Rankings: 4-star (#17 PF/#71 overall > #16/#69 > #14/#78) by Rivals; 4-star (#9 PF/#51 overall > #8/#48) > 5-star (#11/#65) by Scout; 4-star/88 (#9 PF/#41 overall > #9/#42) by ESPN; 4-star/94 (#21 PF/#71 overall > #17/#65) > 93 (#24/#87) by 24/7
Rankings at time of commitment: 4-star (0.9780) by 247 Composite, #9 PF/#52 overall/#3 in OH; 4-star by Rivals (#69), Scout (#48) & ESPN (#41), #2 PF in Ohio

Honors Honors

2015 Co-Player of the Year - Div. 1 (AP)
2015 First Team All-State - Div. 1 (AP)
2014 Co-Player of the Year - Div. 1 (AP)
2014 Area Player of the Year (
2014 First Team All-State - Div. 1 (AP)
2013 Northeast Ohio Conference (Valley Division) Player of the Year

Statistics Statistics

2014-15: 25.3 ppg | Senior (Heights)
2014: 12.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 bpg | EYBL (adv)
2013-14: 26.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 3.5 apg | Junior (Heights)
2012-13: 20 ppg, 12 rpg, 4 bpg | Sophomore (Heights)
2011-12: 7.3 ppg | Freshman (Heights)

Verbal commitment Verbally committed to West Virginia

Wisconsin kept tabs on the versatile Ahmad throughout the spring, but seemed willing to concede him to in-state Buckeyes after Ohio State offered in May. However, led by Ohio native Lamont Paris, the Badgers' coaching staff has upped the ante with a full ride offer to the rising senior in July. Frankly, I'm was surprised Ahmad was not even more highly rated -- he has toughness, decent handles, a good-looking shot, and the ability to block shots.

Ahmad has been a prolific producer through his first three seasons at the high school level and appears able to play both forward spots at the next level. He has numerous scholarship offers throughout Big Ten and ACC country, highlighted by Ohio State, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, Miami, UNLV, West Virginia, and Xavier. Ahmad maintains he will make a decision by August, after making additional visits to Michigan and Michigan State -- so more offers could be coming. He also recently attended the LeBron James Skills Academy.

Ahmad wanted to make a decision by September, but it will be very tight if he's trying to take five official visits before choosing. Fresh on the heels of a big decommitment at Ohio State, Ahmad's father announced he planned to visit Wisconsin on Sept. 20, but later that was switched to a West Virginia visit. Instead, Ahmad announced plans to host in-home visits with his five finalists: Ohio State, West Virginia, Maryland, Wisconsin and Oregon (cutting out Michigan State and Tulane). However, he made the call for Bob Huggins and WVU a day before Wisconsin's staff planned to travel to Ohio for their visit.

Press Clippings Recent Press

Related articles on Bucky's 5th Quarter >>

09.10: Shaker Heights forward Esa Ahmad commits to play basketball at West Virginia (The Plain Dealer)
09.08: Big week for Ahmad (The Columbus Dispatch)
07.19: Augusta Friday Recap (
06.21: NBPA Top-100 Camp: Day 3 (The Recruit Scoop)
05.21: Esa Ahmad talks WVU visit & recruiting (
05.01: Ohio State offers Shake Heights boys basketball junior forward Esa Ahmad (
04.24: College basketball prospects Esa Ahmad, Kipper Nichols give all-access into their recruiting world (
04.02: Esa Ahmad to Visit Cincinnati; Several Schools Working Hard (Zags Blog)
04.02: (
03.08: Shaker Heights' Esa Ahmad scores 37 as Raiders top Euclid for 3rd straight boys basketball Solon District title (
03.05: Esa Ahmad leads Shaker Heights boys basketball to district semifinal victory against Bedford (
02.11: No. 2 Shaker Heights boys basketball knocks off No. 1 St. Edward, 53-50 (

Multimedia Audio / Video

Highlights: Esa Ahmad Super Showcase - YouTube (07.24.14)
Highlights: Esa Ahmad (15' Top 100 PF) NY2LA Swish & Dish Mix - YouTube (06.07.14)
Highlights: Esa Ahmad Is One Of The Hottest Names In The Nation - YouTube (05.23.14)
Interview: Esa Ahmad, Swich 'N Dish - YouTube (04.07.14)
Highlights: Esa Ahmad Is The Most Talented Sophomore In Ohio - YouTube (04.01.13)
Highlights: Esa Ahmad: NOC Valley player of the year - YouTube (02.27.13)

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