Duo pushes Duke to No. 1
Marquette added a key piece to their recruiting class on Friday night, picking up a commitment from three-star center Satchel Pierce.
The big man from Saltsburg (Penn.) Kiski School chose the Golden Eagles over Miami and Pittsburgh, giving head coach Buzz Williams a fifth fall signee.
"I committed to Marquette today, Pierce told Rivals.com after his announcement. "I love their coaching staff and they have a winning tradition as well."
A former class of 2013 prospect who transferred to the Kiski School from his home in Akron, Ohio, to get more exposure and experience, Pierce brings size, strength and upside to the Marquette program.
"It was just right when I was talking with the coaches," said Pierce. "Nothing against Miami and Pittsburgh, I loved those visits, but I just got a different feeling with the Marquette staff."
Prior to the addition of Pierce, the Marquette fall signing class already was ranked No. 20 in the nation by Rivals.com.
The Golden Eagles have signed three four-star prospects in combo guards Ahmed Hill and Sandy Cohen, as well as small forward Malek Harris. Rounding out the class along with Pierce will be fellow three-star Marial Shayok, a small forward originally from Canada.
The addition of Pierce should give Marquette a big body to use defensively in the paint to clog up space as well as block shots. With his size and soft hands, there is also no reason to think that Pierce cannot eventually become an above average rebounding center in the Big East conference.
"I expect to have an impact," Pierce said of what his role will be at Marquette. "I will fill in for the two graduating centers, Chris Otule and Davonte Gardner."