Consensus 4-star shooting guard Ahmed Hill and 6’11” center Satchel Pierce have decided to follow head coach Buzz Williams to Virginia Tech. Both Hill and Pierce signed letters of intent with Marquette in November of 2013, when Williams was still head coach at the Milwaukee (WI) school.
Pierce tweeted the news this morning while still on an official visit in Blacksburg.
— satchmo (@satch1032) April 19, 2014
In Pierce, the Hokies add a center with great size. In addition to being 6’11” (some sites list him at 7’0″ while others have him at 6’10”, so we’ll go 6’11”), Pierce weighs 250 pounds. The Akron (OH) native will graduate next month from Kiski School (Saltsburg, PA).
Pierce is rated a 3-star prospect 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout. He was invited to and participated in the 2013 NBPA Top 100, from which you can see highlights below.
Hill, a 6’5″, 190-pound shooting guard, starred at Aquinas High School (Augusta, GA), where he scored over 3,000 points and was named 2013/2014 Class A Player of the Year by the Georgia Sports Writers Association.
“I love Virginia Tech,” Hill told the Augusta Chronicle on Saturday. “I do love Marquette, but Virginia Tech is amazing. Everybody is nice and together.”
247Sports.com ranks Hill as the 61st best player in the country in the class of 2014. ESPN (no. 54), Rivals (no. 69) and Scout (no. 73) rank him among the top 75 high school seniors as well. ESPN ranks another Tech-bound recruit, Montverde (FL) shooting guard/small forward Justin Bibbs, as the no. 70 high school senior in the nation.
St. Vincent/St. Mary (Akron, OH) wing Jalen Hudson rounds out Virginia Tech’s current class of 2014. TSL’s Chris Coleman wrote in his weekly “Q&A” feature on Friday that he believes the Hokies could add more players to the class.