Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo usually saves his more vivid emotions for his courtside spot during a major match up with a tough opponent, but this weekend, Izzo let it all hang out. The reason? He'd just signed a shooting guard that he'd been salivating over for some time.
6-foot-5 big man Kyle Ahrens of Versailles, Ohio confirmed his commitment to the Spartans to the Detroit Free Press after a two-day official visit concluded this weekend and joins an already strong 2015 class. The shooting guard is a three-star prospect ranked No. 140 in his class by rivals.com and turned down Xavier, Dayton, Iowa, and Butler, among others, to join MSU.
Asked how Tom Izzo reacted to the signing, Ahrens stated that his new coach "kind of jumped out of his chair and went nuts" when the new recruit announced his decision before ever leaving campus. The Ohio-native joins another big man 2015 recruit in Deyonta Davis from Muskegon.
Ahrens was plagued by injuries during his junior season, playing just six games but averaging 24 points per game before a season-ending broken leg injury sidelined him. The young players claims to be "85 percent" healthy now and says he'll be ready to go full throttle by his senior season.
Overall, it was the warm family feeling that Tom Izzo produced that helped to bring Ahrens to the Spartans. Izzo has striven for some time now to make sure his players feel like more than just temporary teammates when playing for Michigan State.
"I just loved it at Michigan State; it's family over there," said Ahrens. "I loved every second of it, and it was an easy choice."
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