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Esa Ahmad Sets Maryland, Michigan State, Tulane visits

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BY NICK MEDLINE

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CHICAGO — Four-star power forward Esa Ahmad told SNY.tv that he will take visits to Maryland, Michigan State and Tulane this fall.

The Cleveland prospect has also visited Ohio State — as the Buckeyes look to add to their massive 2015 class — but called his recruitment wide open.

Ahmad also said that he’s hoping to contribute immediately during his freshman season. That might be an attractive trait of Tulane — the sudden and surprising deep sleeper in his recruitment.

The Green Wave and head coach Ed Conroy clearly earned some respect for their recent play. They went 37-32 in their past two seasons with postseason appearances at the CIT and CBI. Even if Ahmad opts to go elsewhere, attention from a top-100 prospect bodes well for the program.

“I want to make sure I pick the right school for me, the right fit and coming in to have an impact as a freshman,” Ahmad said. “It’s still wide open.”

Meanwhile, Ahmad closed his excellent summer with a top performance at the Nike Global Challenge. Ahmad showed great chemistry with top guards and used his versatility. He went 8-for-9 for Team USA Midwest in Saturday’s third place game.

“I relied on teammates, scored when they needed me to, and played wherever the coach needed me to,” he said.

One of the Midwest’s stars could end up anywhere, making the upcoming visits crucial in his final decision.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.