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Best Virginia Adds Esa Ahmad to TBT Roster



A month before Best Virginia takes the floor in the TBT tournament, the West Virginia basketball alumni team announced on Saturday that they’ve added former WVU forward Esa Ahmad to the roster.

This will be Ahmad’s debut into TBT, which Best Virginia will play in the Pittsburgh regional from July 19-24. Ahmad joins a group of Teyvon Myers, Jonathan Holton and Taz Sherman as official members of Best Virginia for the tournament.

“Esa was a 1,000+ point scorer during his time at WVU,” GM Chase Harler said. “He brings a versatility to our team that is much needed. He’s been playing at a high level his whole career, and fans should be really excited to have him back in the Gold and Blue.”

Ahmad spent four seasons with West Virginia from 2015-19, where he appeared in 112 games for the Mountaineers. Ahmad was a double-figure scorer for three years, averaging 9.3 points during his career. Ahmad was a part of WVU’s Sweet-16 teams in 2016 and 2017. Since college, Ahmad has played in Cyprus, Hungary, Argentina and most recently Germany. Ahmad averaged 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in his most recent season.

Harler returns as Best Virginia’s general manager, while Greg Richardson (assistant GM) and Dave Ryan (marketing) also are in the works again with the team.

This will be the first time since 2020 that Best Virginia won’t host their own regional, playing in Charleston and Wheeling the last three summers. Pitt’s alumni team, The Zoo Crew, will do the honors of hosting their own regional this summer at the Petersen Events Center from July 19-24.

The Basketball Tournament is a 64-team field, which the winning team takes home $1 million.

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