Big offer for Ahmad

Ohio State became the most recent program to offer four-star forward Esa Ahmad.

It has been a big spring on the court for Shaker Heights (Ohio) forward Esa Ahmad. The four-star prospect has been very impressive with All-Ohio Red on the AAU circuit, and the offers have followed. On Thursday a big offer came his way.

"Ohio State just offered Esa," said Ahmad's father Ibby.

Growing up in Ohio, Ahmad followed the Buckeyes, and clearly it was a big deal for him to get the offer. The scholarship came on a visit to the school, a visit that the elder Ahmad said went very well.

"It was beautiful," said Ahmad. "We got to see the campus and the facilities, meet the coaches, and we met with the academic people as well."

Ahmad continued, "Coach (Thad) Matta told Esa he loves his game and he thinks he can be a special player."

The obvious question then became what did this offer mean for Ahmad.

"It is an honor," said Ahmad. "I mean it is The Ohio State. We told Coach Matta it is an honor. They are a big school, it is a big program, and a winning program."

Ohio State now joins schools such as Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, Xavier, Cincinnati, West Virginia, and Rutgers as schools that have issued Ahmad offers. However according to Ahmad nothing has changed in how they are approaching the recruiting process.

"We are still the same," explained Ahmad. "After every visit we want to talk about the plusses and minuses of each program and what the chances are of playing early and things like that."

Up next for Ahmad is a weekend in Ft. Wayne at the Spiece Run N Slam with his All-Ohio team before an EYBL weekend in Dallas.

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