INDIANAPOLIS, Ind - When Ohio State decided to make a change at head coach, the shock waves were seen throughout the landscape of college basketball. Included in those shockwaves was 2018 guard Justin Ahrens.
Ahrens, a 2018 Ohio State commitment, backed off his status with the Buckeyes and decided to reopen his recruitment. Once he did, schools began to pounce.
"I've had contact with Xavier, Purdue, Butler, and NKU before I committed last year," Ahrens said. Now he has heard from, "Butler, Purdue, Stanford, Texas, Clemson, UNLV, Florida, Xavier, VCU, and NKU."
As of Wednesday, he picked up new offers from Duquesne, Texas A&M, Dayton, and Stony Brook.
With his options increasing and the changes in his recruitment Ahrens will take his time with another commitment.
"No time table, but I plan on waiting it out for a while. I learned some things but nothing major."
When he decides on his next destination he knows what he is looking for.
"The most important things to me are the relationship with the coaching staff and how I got in to the style of play, and how I feel around them all. I want it to feel like home"
Butler was one of his favorites before his commitment last year and they were one of the first to reach out, led by assistant coach Ryan Pedon.
"Before I committed I visited and have talked to all the coaches when I was there," Ahrens explained. "But last night Coach Pedon reached out to me. I really like the program, and the coaching staff. We had a great relationship before I committed, and now we are looking to pick back up where we left off."
With the change at Butler as well, only time will tell how he will gel with a new staff at both Butler and Ohio State. It is certain that he will be coveted by many programs going forward.