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.
Ahmed Hill, a top 100 shooting guard in the 2014 class, just committed to Virginia Tech, per a source.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 19, 2014
Satchel Pierce, a three-star center, just committed to Virginia Tech, according to a source.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 19, 2014
The 6-4.5, 192 pound Ahmed Hill is rated as a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite, and the 54th player in the ESPN 100. Satchel Pierce checks in a 6-10, 250 and is listed as a 3-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite.
Anonymous Eagle had an interesting tidbit of information on Hill from when he committed to Marquette in October.
Hill is a 6'4", 190 lb. shooting guard from Augusta, Georgia, where he attends Aquinas High School. Aquinas went 22-7 last year and reached the state semifinals in the Class A Private division before falling 62-59 to St. Francis. Hill was held scoreless in the first quarter of that game, but still finished with 29 points.
What I found interesting is the reason why Hill attends Aquinas. He went to Peach County for his freshman year, but transferred to Aquinas before his sophomore year. Hill knew he was already attracting recruiting attention and didn't want anything to stand in his way of landing on the biggest stage possible. Aquinas made sense for him due to the private school's academic reputation, and it's worked. He's improved his grade point average since enrolling at Aquinas.
Roger Gonzalez of The News Virginian spoke with Pierce yesterday before his commitment.
Pierce is a 3-star center from Kiski School (Pa.), and he recently got released from his letter of intent to Marquette. The star big man, who is 7-feet tall and weighs 260 pounds, played in a tournament at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro last season and showed his potential. He has a soft touch around the rim, a college-ready body and a fundamental style of play, while also being able to hit mid-range jumpers.
"I really like it," Pierce said of Tech. "I've been sold on Buzz's plan since November when I first signed to Marquette."
As far as recruiting is concerned, Buzz is off to a tremendous start.