While the Michigan basketball coaching staff’s main focus remains fixated on closing out the 2014 recruiting class this fall, the Wolverines continue to expand their web to the 2015 class and beyond, hosting several young prospects for unofficial visits in recent weeks.
One new prospect on the radar is 2015 Versailles (Ohio) sharp-shooting guard Kyle Ahrens.
Ahrens, 6-foot-5, 180-pounds, says Michigan coach John Beilein gave him a call after watching him compete at AAU Nationals in Orlando, Fla. this past July.
“There were a couple of games where I was the leading scorer, which really stood out because that normally doesn’t happen,” Ahrens told GoBlueWolverine.
“And then Coach Beilein told me one of the best things I did was take a charge right in front of him in the semifinal game.”
Placing a premium on three-point shooting and players that can flat out knock it down from the perimeter, Beilein and the Michigan staff see’s Ahrens as a Nik Stauskas type in their offense, a threat to put one in from deep at any given time.
“I can shoot the ball,” Ahrens said. “That’s probably my number one strength.
“I’m really tough around the rim and I can finish really well. But what I’ve been working on going into this season is my ball handling. I’ve really been working on that. And then my mid-range jumper was pretty good but still needs some work so, I’ve been working on that too.”
Currently up to seven offers from Dayton, Boston College, Iowa, Wright State, Penn State, Toledo, and Miami (Ohio), Ahrens says he stays in regular contact with Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier, and Arkansas as well.
Ahrens made his way up to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit to Michigan football’s season opening win over Central Michigan on Aug. 31. This was Ahrens’ first trip to see the Wolverines.
“I really loved it there,” he said. “I could see myself going there.
“It was Coach Meyer who showed me around and every little thing I saw, from the weight room to the football field, I really enjoyed watching football and everything, to the practice gym -- everything, just, was amazing.”
Though still early in his recruitment, Ahrens says the Michigan staff did discuss the scholarship situation in the 2015 class and will continue to evaluate and track him over the next year.
“(Coach Beilein) told me at the football game that he’s not going to offer until he has all of the 2014’s done,” Ahrens said. “So, he’s going to wait a little bit and then he’s going to come watch (me) and take it from there.”
Michigan assistant coach Jeff Meyer was in Versailles’ gym Thursday to watch Ahrens again.