Esa Ahmad eligible to play for Mountaineers

West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad will be eligible for the Mountaineers beginning Jan. 13 against Texas Tech, the school announced Tuesday.

Ahmad, a 6-foot-8 forward, sat out the first half of the season after failing to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. He has been practicing with the team.

Ahmad was the team's second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder last season, averaging 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. He put up 27 points and five rebounds in a win over Kansas last season, and averaged 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in three NCAA tournament games.

West Virginia (13-1) is ranked No. 6 in the country and has won 13 games in a row since losing in its season opener to Texas A&M.

The Mountaineers host No. 7 Oklahoma and Baylor before traveling to Texas Tech.