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Injury not slowing down Ahrens recruitment

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THE RIVALS150: Class of 2014 - Class of 2015
Versailles (Ohio) shooting guard Kyle Ahrens started his junior year
of high school basketball playing at the top of his game. Only a few games into
the season, bad luck struck and caused him to miss the rest of the season with a
serious leg injury.
"I hurt my leg earlier this year, so I missed pretty much the whole season,"
Ahrens told Rivals.com. "I completely fractured my fibula and had a partial
fracture in my tibia. I had a little setback recently. I'm hoping to be back by
the time AAU season starts."
Despite the injury, some of the best basketball programs in the Midwest are
still knocking on his door hoping he'll choose their school when the time comes.
"It's mostly the same schools still recruiting me. Lately, I've been talking to
Michigan State, Dayton, Xavier, Butler, Vanderbilt,
Ohio State and Michigan.
Michigan State, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Dayton, Xavier and Butler have offered."
In the past year, Ahrens has taken unofficial visits to Ohio State, Michigan,
Dayton, Michigan State, Xavier and Butler.
Michigan State has done very well recruiting in Ohio under Tom Izzo and
the Spartans are
hoping to come back for more by potentially signing Ahrens.
"I really like Michigan State. I like how they are always together and like a
family. I could see myself fitting in really well there. Coach Izzo's success
over the years has me really interested."
Butler's new coaching staff has also made a strong impression on the Rivals150
prospect.
"I really like Butler too. I like their new coaching staff. I really liked
Hinkle Fieldhouse and their campus is sweet."
Two Big Ten schools have been showing varying amounts of interest in Ahrens. If
either were to offer the three-star prospect, it could change the landscape of
his recruitment.
"If Ohio State or Michigan were to offer, they would be really high on my list
too. With Michigan, the business program, which I would go into, is really good.
I just went to Ohio State for a football game and didn't get to see too much of
their campus."
Ahrens hopes to return to the court by the time AAU season starts in hopes of
proving himself again following the injury. His current plan is to see what his
options are after the travel season concludes.
"I don't really have a favorite. I'm going wait until after AAU season and see
what my options are. I'll probably take a few visits before deciding."
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