There have been rumors about the Virginia Tech Hokies looking to add one or more players to the roster this offseason with Delaware transfer PG Kory Holden having the Hokies in back-to-back top fives. However, the issue was that there wasn’t officially a scholarship open yet though some thought that could change if Devin Wilson’s football try out works out or if Ty Outlaw is ruled medically ineligible.
However, a scholarship has opened up with a transfer of one of the two players Buzz Williams brought with him from his Marquette recruiting class.
Center Satchel Pierce announced this evening via Twitter that he will be transferring Virginia Tech after two seasons in Blacksburg. Pierce averaged 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game as a freshman while playing sparingly this past season averaging 6.2 minutes with 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in his limited appearances.
Pierce’s playing time has been decreasing and with Khadim Sy coming in next season to provide some depth behind Zach LeDay and Kerry Blackshear, staying in Blacksburg didn’t seem to make sense for Pierce if he wants the chance to start. Pierce will now likely transfer to a fairly big mid-major program that will see Pierce as an intriguing player who definitely has a lot of potential with a MAC school in his home state of Ohio having the potential to be a good fit.
For the Hokies, this opens the door for a more open pursuit of Delaware’s Kory Holden or 2017 PG Markell Johnson who reportedly may reclassify to 2016. The Hokies could also look to add a grad transfer big man to give some more size as they have their goals set on making a return to the NCAA Tournament next season.
For both parties, Satchel Pierce’s departure makes sense as it gives Pierce a chance to get playing time elsewhere and opens up a valuable scholarship for the Hokies to make them even stronger next season.