Esa Ahmad

#23 Esa Ahmad

F | Jr. | 6-8 | 225 | Cleveland, Ohio | Shaker Heights HS

2015-16 (Freshman)

  • Started all 34 games he played in
  • Averaged 4.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest
  • Averaged 18.1 minutes per contest
  • Shot 44.6 percent from the field
  • Had 50 assists, 19 blocks and 28 steals
  • Scored 10 points against Stephen F. Austin in the NCAA Tournament
  • Had six points against Kansas in the Big 12 Championship
  • Scored five points against TCU in the Big 12 Championship
  • Finished with eight points and two blocks at Baylor
  • Had six points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks against Texas Tech
  • Scored six points and grabbed six rebounds at Texas
  • Posted a season-high 14 points with five rebounds against TCU
  • Scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting at Iowa State
  • Missed the home game against Kansas State with a knee sprain
  • Scored four points at Texas Tech
  • Had five points, four rebounds and two blocks against Oklahoma
  • Scored five points with four assists against Oklahoma State
  • Finished with seven points against Eastern Kentucky
  • Scored eight points with five rebounds and four assists against Bethune-Cookman
  • Scored 11 points with eight rebounds and four assists against Stetson
  • Started his first collegiate game against Northern Kentucky, finished with seven points

High School

  • Averaged 23.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.6 steals per game as a senior at Shaker Heights High
  • Led his team to the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division and a regional final appearance
  • Averaged 26.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals as a junior
  • Hit the 30-point mark four times, including a 37-point performance in his final game
  • Named Player of the Year for the Northeast Lakes District and by the Associated Press for Division I in Ohio for two consecutive years
  • Named Player of the Year by Cleveland.com two years in a row
  • Named to the Associated Press Division I All-Ohio Boys Basketball First Team for two consecutive years
  • Named to the Associated Press Division I All-Ohio Boys Basketball Second Team as a sophomore
  • Has participated in the Nike Global Challenge, the LeBron James Skills Academy, the Kevin Durant Skills Academy and the NBA Top 100 camp
  • Played for coach Danny Young
  • Scored 32 points against Bedford and 37 points against Euclid to lead the Raiders to the district title as a junior
  • Ranked in the Top 45 in the Class of 2015 by ESPN.com
  • Played AAU basketball for the All-Ohio Red


  • Son of Ibby Ahmad and Sherray Hammond
  • Birthday is October 9
  • Enrolled in undergraduate studies
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Ahmad Is Good, Now Can He Be Great?

By John Antonik | January 25, 2017

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The old master was at it again. The old master, of course, is Bob Huggins, who put his 35 years’ worth of basketball coaching experience to good use on Tuesday night against No. 2-ranked Kansas.

Persistence Pays Off

By John Antonik | November 10, 2015

Persistence can sometimes pay off. It certainly did for West Virginia University when talented Cleveland forward Esa Ahmad committed to play for the Mountaineers last fall.

Frosh Ahmad Boosts WVU's Wing Athleticism

By John Antonik | October 13, 2015

The three best high school basketball players in the state of Ohio last year chose to leave the Buckeye State, and one of them is currently sporting a gold and blue jersey at West Virginia University.