The underclass talent on the hardwood in the state of Ohio is very good, and one of the best in the 2015 class is Shaker Heights (Ohio) forward Esa Ahmed. The versatile forward is having an excellent sophomore season and is continuing to add significant interest.
“Esa is averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks per game,” said Ahmed’s father Ibby.
Versatility has always been a strength of Ahmed’s game, and according to the elder Ahmed he is continuing to work to do more on the court.
“He’s leading the team in three point percentage and is just kind of doing it all now,” said Ahmed. “He is handling the ball now, which is something he can do. He just has been trying to do that more and it has been a good season.”
Recruiting wise things are beginning to really heat up for Ahmed who is hearing from more and more high-major schools.
“Right now he is getting letters from everybody it seems,” said Ahmed. “He is hearing from a lot of schools, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Ohio State requested tape, Dayton, Xavier, Louisville and a lot of the MAC schools.”
Already this year Ahmed has taken several visits, with the hopes of taking more of them in the future.
“We went and watched Bowling Green, Dayton, Cleveland State, and we were supposed to see Xavier and Louisville but we didn’t have time,” said Ahmed. “This summer is when everybody can talk to him, and that is when we plan to make more visits.”
This summer Ahmed will be running with the high powered All-Ohio program, and the hope is for him to make even more improvements to his game.
“I know Esa wants to get stronger,” said Ahmed. “He has grown some, but he definitely wants to get stronger. Also he wants to work on his handle. He has always been the biggest guy on the court so even though he could handle he always let the guards do that, but now he is going to handle the ball more and take guys off the dribble. Also he has really been working on his pull-up jumper.”