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Basketball Recruiting

2025's Spencer Ahrens putting the country on notice, talks recruiting.

December 27, 2022

Over the last few years, we’ve seen Canada produce some extremely talented basketball players on the professional level. From recent draft pick Ben Mathurin to SGA, even former lottery pick RJ Barrett, Canada has easily showcased that their basketball is very legit.

With Canadian basketball making its mark in the NBA, it’s safe to say they’ve cemented that Canadian hoopers belong in the NBA. Now, it’s up to the future to keep that going and it’s in very good hands with kids like Spencer Ahrens.

Ahrens is a 6-foot-9 forward from Oakville, Ontario is currently attending and playing basketball at St. Martin CSS in Mississauga, Ontario. He put the world on notice last year during The Battle in Atlanta where he competed against tons of high-level prospects and also competed in front of Lebron James, amongst other NBA stars.

Ahrens also had a successful summer with the Monarchs Elite, a grassroots program based out of Canada that had many opportunities to compete in the US. He even played up this past summer and had a chance to compete against many Nike EYBL teams, including being a key contributor in a win against the always-loaded Team Takeover squad.

In addition, Ahrens was 1 of 24 prospects chosen for the Biosteel Futures Game which features the top prospects across Canada. On top of that, he was selected to be on Team Ontario’s U15 national roster, which is obviously a huge accomplishment. He’s made his mark in his home country and has now put the whole world on notice and his recruitment is a reflection of that.

He has taken two unofficial visits, both Big Ten schools and is drawing interest from programs from all across high-major conferences. Ahrens discussed that very recruitment with, and boy is he about to become a national commodity.

Which schools have offered?

“So far Ohio, UMBC, and Illinois.”

Any new schools with interest?

“I have interest from Michigan, Michigan State, WMU, Virginia Tech, Utah, IUPUI, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Yale, Santa Clara, Vermont, UCF, and Seton Hall. Those are the ones I know of.”

Discuss your Illinois offer, what are your thoughts on them and the offer?

“I was really excited to hear that they had offered me. They’re a really good team, I think [ranked] 16th right now, playing in a really tough conference. I’m just really grateful for the opportunity that they’ve offered me.”

How about a program like Michigan State?

“Michigan State is a great school. I went on an unofficial visit there last month, meeting all the coaches. Coach Izzo is really a down-to-earth guy and makes it clear that he is looking for players that have respect and are not looking at Michigan State as a “roof over their head or place to stay for eight months”.”

What about Michigan?

“Another great school with another great coach. Really nice facilities, like their weight room. They have produced a lot of Canadian NBA talent over the past couple of years, and some NBA players who I like to watch and learn from.”

Have you taken any visits yet?

“I have had three unofficial visits which were to Michigan, Michigan State, and Western Michigan, all close by.”

Any others you plan on taking?

“No plans yet.”

How would you best describe your game?

“Hard to describe me but I’ve been compared to big playmaking ballhandling wings. Can score on all levels. Matchup problem. Can Rebound, bring the ball up, and play-make from there. My skill level IQ and ‘feathery touch’ are what most people comment on. A Michigan State coach used the term ‘feathery touch.’

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