“He’s had a great approach and a great attitude,” the second-year Ohio State coach said.
Ball-handling could be the difference between the Buckeyes being dangerous or one-and-done in March.
Ahrens and classmate Jaedon LeDee saw an uptick in minutes during Young’s absence, but that has been curtailed with Young’s return two games ago.
“That’s the reality of college basketball,” Holtmann said. “I’ll have conversations with them but this time of year, their focus has to be on whatever happens I’ve got to be committed to trying to help our team win whether I play one possession or four possessions.
“The good ones figures that out, and you have a couple of great kids there in Justin and Jae. It’s their job really and they’ve done a great job with their approach.”
LeDee, a 6-9, 230-pound native of Houston, Texas, has scored 58 points, grabbed 38 rebounds and blocked five shots in 21 games this season.