Ahrens commits on "dream" visit to MSU

Versailles (Ohio) wing commits to Michigan State, causing Tom Izzo to jump out of his seat. The 6-foot-5 rising senior said he knew it from the start after his first visit to Michigan State.

The first time Kyle Ahrens visited Michigan State, he knew right away it was where he wanted to play.

On Thursday, the Versailles (Ohio) wing followed through on that feeling as he made his commitment to the Spartans and coach Tom Izzo during an official visit he described as being "like a dream."

"It's just how I fit in," Ahrens said. "I just wanted to check out other schools and everything.

"Every time I was there, I always had the right feeling and I fit in so well."

He felt that fit yet again on his two-day visit Wednesday and Thursday as he made his fourth visit to East Lansing. So after taking part in an open gym, he made his commitment to join Muskegon (Mich.) power forward Deyonta Davis as the first two members of the 2015 class for MSU.

"I went up there and told them," Ahrens said. "(Coach Izzo) jumped out of his chair. He was surprised."

It was less surprising for Ahrens and his mom and dad, who made the trip with him, as they had talked about it Wednesday night and finalized the decision that was wanted from the start.

"The visit was amazing," he said. "Coach Izzo took us on a golf cart and showed us around campus, I got to hang out with the players, I got to eat everywhere. I saw everything, the weight room and all.

"I loved it all."

Above all, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound wing found on his official visit what he had felt from his first visit, the sense of family and belonging in East Lansing was and is the biggest draw.

"I love just how they are like a family and how Coach Izzo just brings everyone together and how everyone is together and has fun together," he said. "It just makes you a better team. I think I fit in really well together."

Ahrens said the coaches at Michigan State have praised his toughness and desire to win and he knows the two main areas he wants to improve before arriving on campus in about a year.

"What I plan on getting better at and what I will get better at is my ballhandling and my shooting," he said. "My shooting always needs to improve. Those two things are the main assets that I need."

He also will be working to finish rehab after breaking his fibula and tibia in December. He said he is at 85 percent, but when he came back in early April it was a struggle at first.

"It was tough coming into that because it's such great competition and everything, but it got better and better as time went on," he said.

So with his commitment out of the way, Ahrens is focused on getting better and looking forward to one final season of high school basketball.

"This summer, starting next week, I'm starting to do a training class on speed and agility," he said. "I do it every year and it should help me get my vertical up even better than what it was.

"As for next season, I am just really looking forward to playing with my friends one more time before we all separate."

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