According to Evan Daniels, a basketball recruiting analyst for Scout.com, Virginia Tech and Buzz Williams secured commitments from guard Ahmed Hill and center Satchel Pierce. Both are class of 2014 prospects that had signed with Marquette in November 2013. Both were released from their LOI this past week.
Also, Whit followed him on Twitter, so I had to dig a little bit to find out why. From what our basketball gurus on here were saying earlier, this sounds like a huge hire for us, because he's one of the major recruiters from Buzz's staff at Marquette and should immediately pump some better kids into our program.
Current Virginia Tech hoops commit Justin Bibbs scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting for Montverde Academy last night in the opening round of the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament in New York. Bibbs hit on one of three attempts from beyond the arch, pulled down three rebounds, dished out two assists and had one steal in 16 minutes of play as No. 1 seed Montverde Academy routed 8 seed Sagemont 81-63. LSU commit Ben Simmons lead Montverde with 25 points and 16 rebounds in 25 minutes.
I've never seen someone make the cousins so angry.
He's like the basketball coaching version of Ric Flair. Me likey.
Wait, is that too casual? Mr. Williams? Coach? Dad? I'll call you whatever you prefer to go by, as long as you promise to actually show up and coach the Virginia Tech basketball team.
Forgive me if I sound a little skeptical, it's just that four days ago I was drafting a column that detailed realistic candidates for the men's basketball vacancy (a list that you were not a part of), and you took the job a day later. Did you kill a piece chock full of jokes about Mick Cronin's Napoleon Complex? Yes, but let's not get off on the wrong foot. I'm not mad that I had to scratch the column, it just still doesn't seem real that you actually agreed to coach the Hokies.
Virginia Tech freshman 7-footer Trevor Thompson will transfer from the program, his father, Ryan, told ESPN. Look for HM's to get involved.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 22, 2014
Thompson average 16.2 min/game, 5.0 PPG, & 4.7 RebPG. I thought he developed very well this season and it will be a shame to see him go.
HM's apparently mean High Majors.
Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times confirms:
Whit Babcock announced the hiring of Buzz Williams on HokieSports.com. There will be a press conference on Monday, March 24 at 6:00 PM on the floor of Cassell Coliseum. It will be open to the public and is free. That's brilliant marketing.
ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman is reporting it's a seven-year deal is worth almost $18 million.
In his press conference earlier this week, Whit said it might take a week, or until the Final Four to hire a new coach. He also cautioned against believing media reports. However, Pat Forde is a reliable reporter.
Y! Sources: Buzz Williams poised to become next coach at Virginia Tech— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 21, 2014
I was just listening to 106.7 in DC this morning and they had Feinstein on for his weekly segment. He mentioned that people are talking to him about Buzz Williams being a strong candidate for the Hokies.