VERSAILLES – Versailles junior Justin Ahrens received his biggest recruiting offer thus far on Tuesday when he was offered a scholarship by The Ohio State University men’s basketball team.
The Ohio State offer was the sixth scholarship offers for Ahrens and the first from one of the NCAA’s power conferences.
“Coach (Thad) Matta was saying today that the past year or two have been a little down and said he’s been getting away from his normal tactics, which are finding Ohio guys and getting guys who want to play for the name on the front and not the back,” Ahrens said, according to The Columbus Dispatch. “That would be a great feeling, to rep my state.”
Ahrens received his first scholarship offer in April from Stony Brook University. In June he received offers from Saint Louis University and the University of Toledo, and then in July he received offers from Oakland University and Miami University.
The Versailles junior is rated as a three-star small forward and the fourth best prospect in Ohio for the class of 2018 behind Holy Name’s Dwayne Cohill, Finneytown Secondary Campus’ Darius Bazley and Upper Arlington’s Dane Goodwin, according to 247sports.com. Scout.com also rates Ahrens as a three-star prospect.
Ahrens helped guide the Versailles boys basketball team to a Midwest Athletic Conference championship last season, recording a team-leading 22.7 points per game as a sophomore. He also led the Tigers with 5.6 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 3.2 assists a game.
The 6-foot 5-inch Ahrens was named third team all-Ohio in Division III by the Associated Press for the 2015-16 season.
Ahrens is the younger brother of Versailles graduate Kyle Ahrens, who is entering his second season at Michigan State University. As a freshman the elder Ahrens played in 26 games for the Spartans and averaged 1.2 points and 0.6 rebounds a game.
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