Ahmed Hill won’t be going to Marquette.
The Aquinas basketball star and Class A Player of the Year asked for and was granted a release from the program, according to a note Hill posted on his Twitter account Wednesday night.
Hill, a senior, had grown close with former Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams, who on March 21 left to become Virginia Tech’s coach.
After Williams moved to Virginia Tech, Duke assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski became Marquette’s new coach on April 1. Wojciechowski had previously played for the Blue Devils under coach Mike Krzyzewski in the 1990s.
“I truly love Marquette and wish that I could have put on that uniform and played in front of you guys,” Hill said in the note. “Unfortunately I chose Marquette because of the relationship me and coach Buzz an [sic] coach (Isaac) Chew had. I just didn’t feel that same relationship with the new coach.”
Hill scored more than 3,000 points in his high school career, which included three seasons at Aquinas after he played his freshman season at Peach County.
Hill and the Irish reached the second round of the Class A private state playoffs this year after a more experienced team the year prior made it to the state semifinals. Hill, 6-foot-5, was also named The Augusta Chronicle’s All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons.
He committed to Marquette in October and later signed in November.
Williams and Hill’s relationship stayed strong after that, as Williams even traveled to Augusta to watch Hill and Aquinas play at Josey in early February. But the 54th-ranked player by ESPN can now sign with a different school because he was granted a release. Hill was given the release after he talked with Wojciechowski.
“This was a difficult decision that me an [sic] my family thought and prayed about,” he said in the note.
“Sorry if I let any of you guys down.”