It’s been a tough junior season for 2015 Versailles (Ohio) four-star shooting guard Kyle Ahrens.
Looking to lead his team to a strong regular season and a deep run in the state playoffs, Ahrens season was put on hold after breaking a bone in his leg.
Working his way back to action, Ahrens said it’s “possible” he could return by the end of the season, frustrated not being able to help out his teammates when they need it most.
“It kills me being on the bench,” Ahrens said. “Especially since we lost like seven in a row and most of them were by one point or something like that.
“But my teammates are doing a really good job and are picking it up during tournament time so I don’t know, it’s just part of God’s plan; he has a reason for it.”
Ahrens adding on his return during high school season, “I don’t know yet. It’s whenever I feel good.”
Sunday, it was the chance for Michigan to show Ahrens what their basketball program has for a game day atmosphere. Arriving roughly 20 minutes before tip with Wisconsin, Ahrens, his twin brothers and parents enjoyed themselves at Crisler Center.
“It was really amazing,” Ahrens said. “It got really loud and I thought they had it with the home fan base and everything when they got it within three, they just couldn’t pull it off.”
Ahrens' parents, who had never been up for a game or had a taste of live Big Ten action before, were equally as impressed.
“They thought it was awesome,” Ahrens said. “It was their first time at a Big Ten game so they were really excited.”
Despite Michigan going down to Wisconsin, the experience proved effective for the Ahrens, having the opportunity to catch up with a disappointed but very encouraging John Beilein following the game.
“Coach Beilein, I talked to him for a few minutes, and he told me I’m recovering well cause of the broken bone in my leg,” Ahrens said. “So I’m recovering from that and I’m coming back here pretty soon.
“He said he was going to come to see me again because he really liked what he saw from me.”
Michigan and Ahrens continue to form a bond, on the path to a scholarship offer, but Beilein says he’d like to get eyes on the 6-foot-5, 180-pound wing in action again before that happens.
“I think Coach Beilein just told me he wants to see me one more time, see how it is,” Ahrens said. “He was really close to offering but he really wants to see me one more time.”
“It does,” Ahrens said. “Looking at how they play, there’s a lot of work that goes into that, but they are amazing to watch.”
Looking to breakout and have a big AAU season this spring and summer, Ahrens says his recruiting picture should begin to take shape following that.
“I still want to make my decision whenever I’m comfortable,” Ahrens said. “But I think after AAU season is when I’ll be able to narrow everything down.”