MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia has dismissed senior Esa Ahmad and junior Wesley Harris for a violation of athletic department policies, adding upheaval to a disappointing season.
The forwards were leading West Virginia in playing time this season, with Ahmad averaging 28 minutes per game and Harris 25.
Ahmad, a former four-star recruit, started 102 games for the Mountaineers and was averaging 12 points and 5.8 rebounds this season. He already served a half-season NCAA suspension last year, a penalty consistent with testing positive for a street drug at an NCAA championship event.
Harris started 54 games over two seasons at West Virginia and was averaging 7.9 points and 4.5 rebounds this year. The 6-foot-8 forward was benched for two games – Nov. 24 against Valparaiso and Jan. 12 against Oklahoma State – but was regarded as the team’s top perimeter defender.
Harris still faces a battery charge stemming from a Morgantown traffic altercation last July in which he reportedly broke the nose of another motorist.
With Ahmad and Harris off the team, and Sagaba Konate and Beetle Bolden sidelined by injuries, West Virginia (10-14, 2-9) figures to have only nine scholarship players available for Saturday’s game at Kansas.
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Source:: Daily times