DETROIT -- It’s been a long and difficult winding road this year for 2015 Versailles (Ohio) four-star small forward Kyle Ahrens.
With his high school team off to a strong 6-0 start back in December, Ahrens broke two bones in his left leg forcing him to miss the rest of the season and cut into his prep time for big spring and summer evaluation periods, tied closely to his recruitment.
Now revving up AAU season with his King James 17u squad, Ahrens is back on the floor but clearly not 100-percent, despite competing in reserve duty this past weekend in Detroit at the Michigan Invitational.
“I’m really tired and really sore but I’ve been going really hard this week and trying to work my way into it for next week,” Ahrens said. “I was thankful that I got the opportunity this week so I was happy.”
Ahrens adding, “My lateral movement still needs a lot of work right now to get back where it was. But, little steps at a time. My vertical, still a lot needs to come back and my left foot was my jumping foot so it’s still all coming back slowly.”
Even so, Ahrens pride and intensity shown through Saturday afternoon. Locked in a tight semifinal game across from a young man as hot from three-point range as anyone in the gym, Ahrens stepped up to get the game preserving stop defensively.
“Right when I saw him making the threes I wanted to guard him,” Ahrens said. “I was just happy that my team got the win.”
Working his way back from injury, Ahrens is in the midst of a bit of a standstill as it pertains to his recruitment.
“No schools have come on but the same schools are on me and ready to watch me next weekend they say,” Ahrens said. “So, I’ll be out there playing.”
Michigan is a school very close to offering Ahrens a scholarship and the Wolverines plan to watch the 6-foot-5, 180-pounder quite a bit over the next seven days.
“Coach Meyer wants to come up (this week) to come for a workout in the morning so he’ll come up,” Ahrens said. “And then Coach Beilein told me he wants to watch me and see how I recover.”
Ahrens adding, “Coach Beilein said he just needed to watch me one more time. After watching me once he said he loved what he saw and then I just happened to break my foot.”
Ahrens says John Beilein will be in Sacramento keeping an eye on him at this weekend’s tournament.
Another school Ahrens has visited and continues to build a relationship with is Michigan State, led by Coach Tom Izzo.
“They’re really high on my list,” Ahrens said. “I think they were going to come in for an in-home visit this week but then I couldn’t.
“I’m just excited and I really love it over there too.”