Augusta, GA (WJBF) -- Aquinas' Ahmed Hill is back in Augusta after finishing off a "very difficult, stressful" process in Blacksburg, Virginia this weekend. On Saturday, he committed to Virginia Tech.
The Georgia Sports Writers Association's Class A Player of the Year had originally committed to Marquette, but things changed in March when Golden Eagles head coach Buzz Williams stunningly left for Virginia Tech. Hill says it was actually his birthday the day Williams left, and Hill says he was shocked and a little worried since it was "so late in the [recruiting] game." But of course, the 4-star recruit had plenty of suitors. He says Florida, UConn, Missouri, and Florida Atlantic all showed strong interest. Marquette's new head coach Steve Wojciechowski also tried to keep him in Wisconsin. But in the end, the lure of Buzz Williams was too strong.
Hill says he and Williams developed a strong connection over the past 3 years or so. Hill said, "With Buzz, the first day he came down, we never talked about basketball... We just talked about life goals and life situations. It speaks a lot when you can talk to me for an hour or so about life, and I'm a 17, 18-year-old kid, and he's a grown man. Coach Chew also had a big role in it. He's like a big brother. Everything we do, we just got a connection. I know that they'll push me extremely hard to where I need to be, so that's why I put so much trust in those two guys." Coach Chew is assistant coach Isaac Chew who joined Buzz Williams in leaving Marquette for Virginia Tech.
Hill also says he fell in love with the Virginia Tech campus, and likes that it has a "southern feel" and is closer to home. He says his mom is happy about him being closer to home too.
Hill also acknowledged that it will be challenging to reach the NCAA Tournament at Virginia Tech, where they've won just 10 total ACC games the last 3 years, but he feels he and Buzz and the rest of the team will be up to the challenge. Hill said that Coach Williams wants him to be a scorer and that they will build the program around him.
Hill tweeted out an apology to Marquette fans when he announced he would not be attending MU. He reiterated that on Monday saying he didn't want to hurt the Golden Eagle fans. It was a decision he didn't want to make, but he felt he had to.