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Aquinas star Hill granted release from Marquette

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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.”

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MarquetteWarrior 04/17/14 - 03:55 am
All the Best, Ahmed! What a classy kid, will be rooting for you

Ahmed, I graduated from MU way back in 1992. I know many MU grads from all years, and even a couple of current students. Each and every one of us has come to a consensus: YOU ARE THE CLASSIEST KID, AND WE WILL BE ROOTING VERY HARD FOR YOU TO SUCCEED wherever you end up going!! Nothing to feel bad about, you are one of a kind. Just keep working hard to be the best you can be, in ball, school, and life. Marquette has got your back, always!!

redfish 04/17/14 - 08:50 am
One thing we can be sure of...

Ahmed will not be an English major.

Riverman1 04/17/14 - 09:12 am
Best of luck to Ahmed and to

Best of luck to Ahmed and to Wojo at Marquette. Marquette spends more on their basketball program than any school besides Duke.

MRPPM1 04/17/14 - 03:31 pm
private schools

Nice to see Aquinas following in the footsteps of so many Private schools across the state. I would be willing to bet no tuition was paid during his time at Aquinas because of his Athletic ability. Give out free rides to the local talent and yet, the school was going to charge me thru the nose to accept my son. It's not hard to figure out which ones are recruited. Not trying to make this racial but the win at all cost (or no cost to the athlete) is instilling the wrong message in our youth. Look at the football team this year and this in your face article. Do you see the patern. It is disgusting to teach young kids it ok to stack the deck to win. Good luck to this kid, I wish him the best, but he should feel used and shame on Aquinas for exploiting him to their benefit.

Little Old Lady
Little Old Lady 04/21/14 - 09:07 am
Shame on you.

What a nasty and untrue post. My grandson goes to Aquinas. We pay full price for the school as we are not Catholic. He is on the football team. Ahmed and his finances are none of your business. He is a fine young man who is an asset to any school he chooses to attend. I can assure you that the education of these young men and women is the first priority of Aquinas. It is a family school where talent is nurtured, not exploited contrary to many other schools. You did make it racial. How do you know if his family paid his full tuition or not? You assumed he did not because of race. What a crock. If you do not want to pay for your child's school, that is your decision.

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