West Virginia's Forwards Detail Press, Mental Discipline Within On Offense

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Esa Ahmad is essentially following much the same path as a player as did Nathan Adrian. Both have seen major action as freshmen, and shown flashes of high level play balanced with lesser stretches.

For Ahmad, who is averaging five points and 3.5 boards while playing approximately half the time over 10 starts, the developmental stage has just started. The first-year player has shown the abilty to rebound and match the raw skill level, but hasn't shot as effectively as anticipated, especially from the line where he is hitting at just a 53.6 percent clip. The 6-8, 225-pounder, above, breaks down the improvements he believes he has made, along with his focus over the next few weeks as West Virginia readies for Big 12 play, and a three-game road trip at Virginia Tech, Kansas State and TCU after Monday's home contest against Eastern Kentucky. 

Ahmad also details his expectations and experiences at the collegiate level, and where the improvements to his game must come, along with how he sees West Virginia progressing and what his teammates have told him about the increased talent level and intensity of conference contests. 

Adrian, below, speaks to much of the same, including WVU's penchant for turnovers, which is negating the ones the Mountaineers are forcing. Adrian dissects the difficulties in playing quickly on one end and then trying to maximize transition oportunities while also showcasing intelligent decision making and patience as needed.

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