MSU inks Ahrens, McQuaid

Spartans land two of expected three national letters of intent on Wednesday

Michigan State received letters of intent from the first two of its three basketball commits in the 2015 class on Wednesday.

Versailles (Ohio) shooting guard Kyle Ahrens and Duncanville (Texas) shooting guard Matt McQuaid sent in their NLIs on the first day of the signing period. The Spartans should be receiving one from Muskegon (Mich.) power forward Deyonta Davis on Thursday, according to the high school’s Twitter.

McQuaid, the most recent player to commit to Michigan State, brings in elite shooting ability for the Spartans.

”In Matt McQuaid, we have another 6’5” shooting guard who is skinny but a tremendous athlete, with unlimited range,” coach Tom Izzo said. “When I first saw Matt in an AAU tournament, I couldn’t believe where he could shoot it from and how effortlessly he could shoot it. …

”Once Matt came up, I think he fell in love with the place and there’s no question that myself and my staff fell in love with him. I think he brings tremendous work ethic, he’s a student of the game and he’s a guy that’s going to be able to shoot it from anywhere in the 517 area code.”

Ahrens was the second player to commit, doing so in early June. Izzo noted he went a little bit under the radar after breaking his leg just six games into his junior year last season.

”We love the fact that he has great toughness and he plays as hard as anybody I’ve seen, and yet he has very good shooting ability - he shot over 40% from the three-point line, so that combination of things will let him play two, and even three positions,” he said.

Davis is the cornerstone of the class and was the first to commit to the Spartans last December. He is ranked in the Top 30 players in the nation by Scout.com.


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