The West Virginia men's basketball team soon will get a boost in the post, and Esa Ahmad's wait to play in the 2017-18 season is nearly over. WVU announced Tuesday afternoon that Ahmad, out since the start of the season after not meeting NCAA eligibility requirements, will be allowed to compete started with the Mountaineers' Jan. 13 game at Texas Tech. The university announced in September that Ahmad would not be able to play for the first half of the season, though he would be able to practice with the team. The junior was WVU's second-leading scorer (11.3 points per game) and third-leading rebounder (4.3 per game) last season. With Ahmad unavailable, West Virginia turned to sophomores Lamont West and Wesley Harris to pick up the slack, and both have performed admirably.