Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Esa Ahmad to Visit Cincinnati; Several Schools Working Hard
Esa Ahmad, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Cleveland (Ohio) Shaker Heights who was named the Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year, will visit Cincinnati beginning April 11, his father told SNY.tv.
“We know they have a good program and a great coach,” Ibby Ahmad, Esa’s father, told SNY.tv. “We want to get a feel for the college.”
Ranked No. 89 in the Class of 2015 by 247 Sports, Ahmad has already visited Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton, Clemson, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Cleveland State and his father said he plans to visit West Virginia, Michigan and Michigan State.
Asked what schools were working the hardest, Ibby said Maryland, West Virginia, Clemson, Iowa State, Rutgers and Kansas State have been “pushing hard.”
“When you go to college, you have to make sure you are comfortable there,” Esa told the Plain-Dealder. “You have to make sure you can see yourself there for the next four years of your life. It’s important to make sure that the coaching staff is like your second family. That’s a big part of my decision.”
Ahmad led Shaker Heights in points (26.5), rebounds (11.5), assists (3.5), blocks (2) and steals (2) per game and was named Associated Press Division I Player of the Year statewide in Ohio.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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