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West Virginia’s Ahmad ineligible for first half of season

NIT Season Tip-Off

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Esa Ahmad #23 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts after a basket against the Temple Owls in the second half during the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center on November 25, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad must sit out the first half of the 2017-18 season after failing to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

West Virginia announced the move in a statement Tuesday.

As a sophomore, Ahmad was second in scoring for the Mountaineers last season at 11.3 points per game. He was third in rebounds at 4.3 per contest.