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SF Justin Ahrens (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by wadc45, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck Kevin Warren is an ass

    The rankings continue today with Justin Ahrens.

    No. 7 – Justin Ahrens
    Position: Wing

    Class: Senior (fourth year)

    Height/weight: 6 feet 6 / 195 pounds

    Jersey number: 10

    Major: Hospitality management

    Background
    A native of Versailles, Ohio, Ahrens committed to Ohio State and coach Thad Matta for the class of 2018 in August of 2016. A childhood fan of the program, he picked the Buckeyes within a month of being offered and also held offers from St. Louis, Toledo, Miami (Ohio), Oakland and Stony Brook at the time. Within a year, though, Matta was fired and Ahrens opted to re-open his recruitment and look around. H

    Ahrens was then re-recruited by new Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann, who offered him a scholarship. So, too, did Michigan, Xavier and a host of others, but Ahrens took official visits to see the Buckeyes, Wolverines and Musketeers before re-committing to the Buckeyes in September of 2017. His commitment capped a frenetic week where Ohio State landed pledges from, in order, Jaedon LeDee,
    Duane Washington Jr. and Luther Muhammad.


    He arrived at Ohio State as a three-star prospect in the 247Sports.com composite database, which listed him as the No. 7 player from Ohio, the No. 54 small forward in the nation and the overall No. 249 prospect. The 2017 and 2018 Ohio Division III Co-Player of the Year, Ahrens scored 46 points while hitting 10 threes in his season opener as a senior and left Versailles holding program records in around 10 categories and as his conference’s all-time leading scorer.

    As a freshman, he mostly saw minimal playing time for the first two-thirds of the season before playing himself into the spotlight in unprecedented fashion. In a 90-70 blowout home win against No. 22 Iowa, Ahrens exploded for 29 points on 6-of-10 three-point shooting after having scored a total of 38 points and made nine three-pointers during the first 27 games. It came after Ahrens had been seeing increased playing time, and it gave a taste of what might be looming for Ahrens as a sophomore. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game as a freshman.
     
  2. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Bigtime performance by Justin last night. His defense looks much improved too
     
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  3. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Kyle Young man crush. Not ashamed

    Yep. He gets a bad rap because he's guarding probably the best athlete on the other teams at SF, but he gives great effort on Defense and is often challenging the shot well. The matchups are just tough as hell and some games he's going to get out athlete'd, if thats not terrible English.

    On Offense we're starting to see him cut and drive which you can tell ruins the defender because they aren't thinking he'll do that. Then when he's feeling it you better guard him from 25 feet because it's going to rain. Raftery had a great point that when he's on the court, it's 4 on 4 for the Buckeyes because he pulls his man so far out of the lane that the other 4 have the rest of the court. Given EJ and co. the rest of the court should always be Buckeye advantage. Then when Ahrens' man tries to help out kick and shoot
     
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  4. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck Kevin Warren is an ass


    Holtmann was not happy with Justin's play against Xavier and let him know.
     
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  5. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Kyle Young man crush. Not ashamed

    I like the comment that he "hunted his shot". That is a cool and accurate depiction of how he played and I hope he's up for a lot more of that.
     
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  6. OUatl

    OUatl Junior

    Hunted a bit too much late in this one….
     
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  7. mendensa

    mendensa Senior

    yeah, rushed and not great looks. just bc u have a shot doesn't mean it's a good one. Ball needed to end up in E.J.'s hands late in shot clock not in Soto's dribbling out the shot clock at the top of the key.
     
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  8. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck SoCal, Baby!

    The ultimate feast-famine player.
     
  9. mendensa

    mendensa Senior

    a lot of similarities as Diebler. It wasn't until his last year that he brought anything to the table other than shooting the 3-ball. Just doesn't have much versatility to his game.
     
  10. nomatta

    nomatta Senior

    Mortified about the Justin Ahrens vs. Wendell Moore match-up Tuesday.
     
  11. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck Kevin Warren is an ass

  12. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Kyle Young man crush. Not ashamed

    Kid held his own. 17 pts for Moore but Justin played pretty good defense all night.

    He is starting to take guys off the dribble and he can do it just been holding that back for whatever reason. With Russell able to hit the 3 consistently might take a lot of pressure off him. We'll see.
     
  13. scarletmike

    scarletmike Researching the Magic!

    If he can drive the baseline/wing twice a game (making a shot would help, but I'll gladly take the empty possession if he shows something different) it could change how the defense views and guards him and give him a little more space for his preferred shot.
     
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