Morgantown, WV (WCHS-TV/WVAH) — If the WVU Mountaineer basketball team is to make a strong comeback down the stretch of what has been a disappointing 2018-19 campaign, then they must do so without two players who had the most minutes on the team.
On Monday, it was announced that senior Esa Ahmad and junior Wesley Harris are no longer with the team. They were dismissed for a violation of athletic department policies.
Ahmad, a Cleveland native, has been a regular since his freshman season for the Mountaineers. He started 104 games, including 22 of 23 this season, while wearing the gold and blue. Ahmad scored over 1,000 points during his career.
He was averaging 12 points a game this season and close to six rebounds.
Harris, who hails from Jackson, Mississippi, averaged close to eight points this season and was pulling down four a half rebounds per game. Last year he started all 37 games for WVU and had been in the lineup for 17 this season.
Both were starters in WVU's loss to Texas on Saturday night at the WVU Coliseum.
West Virginia is 10-14 on the season and 2-9 in the Big 12 heading into Saturday's game at Kansas, one of only two teams they've beaten this year in league play.