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NC State basketball recruiting: Former Ohio State commit Justin Ahrens to visit Wolfpack, per report

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Justin Ahrens is a three-star wing in the 2018 recruiting class who had been committed to Ohio State prior to the Buckeyes’ coaching change this offseason. Since Thad Matta’s retirement, he’s decided to re-open his recruitment and will visit NC State next week, per Rivals’ Cory Evans.

Ahrens also plans to visit Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.

It’s not fun to have to replace a bunch of scholarship players, but this is the situation facing Kevin Keatts after the 2017-18 season. The advantage to it, at least, is that Keatts can sell playing time. There is a lot of playing potentially available for kids who fit the system he’s trying to implement in Raleigh.

Ahrens looks like a good fit—he shot 42% from three during his junior year while averaging more than 23 points per game. Keatts needs shooters, and this kid fits the bill. He doesn’t help solve the frontcourt problem, but he would no doubt buttress a backcourt that is shaping up well for Keatts’ second year.