Ahrens adding offers

Junior Kyle Ahrens is a very popular target right now in the state of Ohio.

Not many prospects in the Midwest are getting more buzz this fall than Versailles (Ohio) wing Kyle Ahrens. The class of 2015 wing is reeling in offers, and has huge goals for this upcoming season.

After a big sophomore year, Ahrens says he is expecting big things from himself and his teammates this season.

"Everything is just starting for us," said Ahrens. "We have such a small school that a lot of kids are in football and other sports, but so far things are going really well. I really expect a state title this year. We were runners up last year, and we bring back four of five starters. I think we should do it this year."

At 6-foot-5 Ahrens is a high level athlete and someone who is more than capable of knocking down outside shots, but now he is hoping to become more well-rounded as a player.

"I've been working most on my ball handling and my pull up jumper in transition," said Ahrens. "I have been working on that a lot, and it has come a long way. Also I am working on my shot, just improving my form and getting more consistent."

Recruiting wise Ahrens has pulled in offers from schools such as Dayton, Xavier, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Iowa, and Boston College. Also more schools have been dropping by his school.

"There has been quite a few colleges by to see me," said Ahrens. "I have had most of the Big Ten schools besides Penn State, and then also Dayton, Xavier, West Virginia, and schools like that."

One school that has been by and is very interested is Ohio State. The Buckeyes hosted Ahrens last weekend, and he came away impressed with the school.

"I was really impressed," said Winston of the visit. "I hope to go back up for a basketball game to learn more about the campus and keep building a relationship with them. I was very impressed with their practice and everything so it is good to hear from them."

A Big Ten school that has stepped up and offered is Michigan State, and Spartans boss Tom Izzo made a good impression on Ahrens.

"It struck for me a few minutes and it was kind of neat," said Ahrens. "He offered me in front of my friends which was amazing. He asked my parents if there was a chance of me going there, and they for sure do. They are up there on my list, so it was exciting to get an offer from them."

One of the first schools to offer was Dayton. The Flyers campus is roughly 50 minutes from his house, and Ahrens grew up watching the school. Now he says he is building a strong relationship with the coaching staff.

"They are calling me a lot which I like," explained Ahrens. "They have built a good relationship with me, and I enjoy going there and seeing what they have to offer. Things are going really good with them."

For now Ahrens is taking things slowly, but the three-star prospect does know what he is looking for in a school.

"The most important thing is academics," said Ahrens. "I want to go into business, so I want to go somewhere with a good business school so after basketball I have something to fall back on. Also I want to be near my family so they can come support me whenever they want."


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