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High school standout cheers for Mountaineers

Shaker Heights standout cheers for his future team (Source: WOIO) Shaker Heights standout cheers for his future team (Source: WOIO)

The NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 is getting underway in Cleveland and one northeast Ohio basketball standout will be cheering for his future college team.

Esa Ahmad has already committed to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers, one of the teams preparing to play at The Q.

Ahmad is Co-Player of the Year in the state of Ohio, an honor that helped earn him nearly 20 full ride offers from some big schools.

"West Virginia, Oregon, Wisconsin, Ohio State," Ahmad rattled off from the Shaker Heights gym Wednesday afternoon.

He chose West Virginia.

"I felt like West Virginia like knew where they were going to play me. I felt like they had a plan for me. For my future and I just felt like it was the best fit for me," said Ahmad.

Many things had to go right for the Mountaineers to end up in Cleveland. They had to be put in the Midwest bracket and win.

"I was hoping," said Ahmad. "I asked coach (Huggins) did he think they was going to be in Cleveland. He said if they get a high enough seed they would. But now that they won and now that they're in Cleveland it's kind of crazy."

The next time Ahmad puts on a jersey for his school it will be for West Virginia.

Shaker Heights lost last Saturday, one step from the State Final Four.

It was a bittersweet loss because that game would have been played Friday night in Columbus while West Virginia was here in Cleveland.

"You could have either been here watching West Virginia or you could have been at State. What would you rather?" asked 19 Action News Reporter Dan DeRoos.

"Of course States. Umm but you know it didn't work out that way," said Ahmad.

The Mountaineers will take on the Kentucky Wildcats Thursday at 9:45 p.m.

Click here for a complete Sweet 16 schedule.

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