Ahmed Hill will follow coach Buzz Williams to Virginia Tech.
Hill, the Aquinas boys basketball star and one of the top 100 recruits in the nation, picked the Atlantic Coast Conference program after he was granted his release from Marquette. Williams left the Golden Eagles to take over the Hokies job on March 24.
“I love Virginia Tech,” Hill said Saturday. “I do love Marquette, but Virginia Tech is amazing. Everybody is nice and together.”
Hill and another former Marquette signee, Satchel Pierce, both announced their decisions Saturday during their visits at Virginia Tech.
Earlier in the week, Hill tweeted he wouldn’t be going to Marquette and that he was given a release. Hill talked with new Golden Eagles coach Steve Wojciechowski, but Hill decided he wanted to go elsewhere.
The Class A private player of the year scored more than 3,000 points in his career and took Aquinas to the state semifinals as a junior. Hill has been The Augusta Chronicle’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons.
He committed to Marquette in October and signed in November. Though Hill said he liked Marquette’s status as a basketball school, Williams and assistant coach Isaac Chew were huge draws. Hill and the coaches became close during the recruiting process, with Williams coming to Augusta to watch Hill play Josey this February — even though Hill had already signed with the Golden Eagles.
“Chew is like my big brother,” Hill said. “Anything I can talk about, I tell him. We’re always together. On visits, we always sit by each other. We joke and talk about how I can get better.”
The four-star guard, ranked 54th by ESPN and No. 69 by Rivals.com, will get to play for Williams and Chew, but now at Virginia Tech and not Marquette.
Hill and Williams will work together to build a program coming off a 9-22 (2-16 ACC) season.
“I know he will push me to get me where I need to be,” Hill said. “He’s going to push everybody and we will be way better than last year.”