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Former Marquette commits Ahmed Hill, Satchel Pierce follow Buzz Williams to Virginia Tech

Apr 19, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

Buzz Williams is off to a tremendous start on the recruiting trail at Virginia Tech. After pulling a shocker and switching from Marquette to the ACC program earlier this spring, Williams landed two of his former commits at the Big East school as top-100 shooting guard Ahmed Hill and three-star center Satchel Pierce committed to the Hokies on Saturday morning during their official visits.

The news of the commitments was first reported by Scout.com‘s Evan Daniels.

The 6-foot-4 Hill is regarded as Rivals.com‘s No. 69 player in the 2014 national class and he was one of the best unsigned prospects remaining after recently decommitting from Marquette and being released from his NLI. The native of Augusta, Georgia played for the Southern Stampede in the Nike EYBL and comes from Aquinas High School.

Pierce, a 6-foot-10 center from Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, is a three-star prospect and gives the Hokies an immediate boost on the interior since they lost freshman center Trevor Thompson to transfer this offseason. Pierce played on the grassroots circuit with the Ohio Phenoms.

This type of thing shows that players are committing to play for a head coach just as much as a school as we saw Kingsley Okoroh switch his commitment from Tennessee to Cal when Cuonzo Martin went to the West Coast earlier this week.

  1. jrob90 - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Ahmed Hill will find out that Buzz is only in it for himself and Buzz will abandon him and Virginia Tech when the going gets tough, as he abandoned Marquette and Buzz’s bunch. Be careful of the fast talking used car dealer.

  2. barkleyblows - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    You can’t blame the guy for leaving. Good luck coach!

  3. jrocknstuff - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    How are you blaming Buzz for Marquette’s AD issues and the downfall of the Big East? He’d been looking elsewhere long before he actually left. Not his fault. Just sounds like bitterness from a disgruntled Marquette fan. Regardless, a competetive Va Tech will be great for the ACC.

  4. greenandgoldgirl - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    We know Buzz better than you do.
    Good luck with that.

    • greenandgoldgirl - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      And I’m not disgruntled, glad he’s gone, now Marquette can build a winning program again.

      • lennylyles - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Sweet 16 2011 and 2012 Elite 8 2013, that sounds like a winning program. Williams can coach!! I am saying this as a Baltimore guy that coached against Wojo when he played for Cardinal Gibbons in Baltimore . He is a great guy and I wish him the best. But the Big east took a major hit when they went to Fox Sports. They are going to suffer from a major lack of exposure.

  5. hotlantalaw - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Southern snake charmer – watch ya rise and fall

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