INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - After a summer of growth and development, 2015 shooting guard Kyle Ahrens had great expectations for his 2013-14 high school season. The talented guard was looking forward to a deep tournament run, but things didn't work out the way that he wanted them to.
The Versailles (OH) High School junior broke two bones in his leg early in the season and had to watch from the sidelines for the rest of the year.
""I went up for an alley-oop and the pass was really short," Ahrens explained to InsideTheDawgPound. "All the pressure went on one leg and it twisted. Then our second other best player went down with an ACL tear, so we didn't go on a very good tournament run. So our season has been done for a while now. It was tough to watch the close games, knowing you could be out there, knowing that you could make a difference."
The Tigers finished 13-10, losing to Anna (OH) 58-55 after defeating Tri-County North in their first post-season game.
Now the junior guard is working hard to recover from his injury and get back on the court, healthy and ready for summer AAU basketball. After making progress for weeks, Ahrens suffered a small setback yesterday.
"Well it is going really well, and I was feeling great, then I went up for a layup and it stuck," Ahrens said. "I go back to the doctor to get it checked again tomorrow. With the thing that I just did yesterday, I don't know how much longer it is going to be. I was supposed to be back by the end of April, but now I'm not sure when I'll be back."
While his season was ended early in the year, it didn't stop schools from continuing to recruit the 4-star guard.
One of the schools that wasn't on that list is Butler. The Bulldogs offered Ahrens late last fall and have continued to pursue the 6-foot 5 wing.
"They are still on my list," Ahrens said. "Probably every two weeks or so Coach Holtmann will shoot me a text or a call. I went up to a game when I was hurt, against DePaul. I really like how they play. I really like watching Kellen Dunham. He is a playmaker."
"I don't really know yet, I'm going to wait till after the AAU season to narrow it down."
Ahrens does know that he is looking for a combination of academic, social, and competition in his final destination.
"Academics are my main thing," Ahrens explained. "I want to go into business, sales. Then also just fitting in with the program, the kids, and the environment there. Then making it close enough so that my family can come support me."
Butler has yet to gain a commitment in the class of 2015 and continues to pursue multiple prospects.